Georgia EPD Declares Level 1 Drought Response, Calls For Water Conservation

From the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management:

Worsening drought conditions throughout most of the state have prompted a Level 1 Drought Response declaration from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). This means public water utilities in 103 counties will be required to begin a public information campaign to help citizens better understand drought, its impact on water supplies and the need for water conservation.

According to the federal government’s U.S. Drought Monitor, the drought has affected the entire state with conditions ranging from abnormally dry to extreme drought. As a result, most of the counties in Georgia must follow the Level 1 Drought Response requirements.

“This serves as a reminder for all Georgians to use water wisely,” said EPD Director Richard Dunn. “It also gives public water systems an opportunity to educate their customers on the importance of water conservation.”

To determine the appropriate level of drought response, EPD considers several factors including precipitation, stream flows, groundwater, reservoir levels, short-term climate predictions and soil moisture. EPD monitors and produces publicly available reports on these conditions on a monthly basis.

The public information campaign under a Level 1 Drought Response requires water utilities to circulate drought and water conservation information.

Click here to view water conservation tips.

The public information campaign will be required in the following counties: Appling, Athens-Clarke, Bacon, Baldwin, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Bleckley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Butts, Carroll, Charlton, Chatham, Cherokee, Clayton, Clinch, Cobb, Coweta, Crawford, Crisp, Dawson, Decatur, Dekalb, Dooly, Douglas, Echols, Effingham, Fannin, Fayette, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Grady, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Hancock, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, Lumpkin, Macon, Marion, McIntosh, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pierce, Pike, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Rabun, Rockdale, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Spalding, Stephens, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Thomas, Tift, Towns, Troop, Turner, Twiggs, Union, Upson, Walton, Ware, Washington, Wayne, White, Wilkinson and Worth counties.

In addition, the outdoor water use schedule required under the Water Stewardship Act of 2010 remains in place. It limits outdoor water use year-round to the hours between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. There are several exceptions to this limitation listed at .

For example, the following activities may be done at any time of day under a Level 1 Drought Response:

  • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day;
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation;
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of day; and
  • Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of day.

Public water systems may not impose restrictions on outdoor watering that are different from state requirements unless they obtain a variance from EPD. Currently, the City of Griffin and Coweta County have received variances for a Level 2 response, which restricts outdoor watering to two days a week.

EPD maintains a web page to keep the public informed regarding drought indicators, current variances, and EPD actions regarding drought: Water conservation information is available at

NPU-S Calendar of Events, October 21 - 27

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, October 21 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community.
  • Tuesday, October 22 - Community Chat: APS Superintendent Search - 6:00pm, Tuskeegee Airmen Global Academy (1626 Westhaven Dr SW)
  • Tuesday, October 22 - Oakland City Community Organization - 6:30pm, Reverend James Orange Recreation Center (1305 Oakland Dr). More information at 
  • Thursday, October 24 - TAG Academy Meet the Principal - 8:30am, Tuskeegee Airmen Global Academy (1626 Westhaven Dr SW)
  • Thursday, October 24 - Cascade Avenue Neighborhood Organization - 7pm, Fire Station 14 (1203 Lee St.). Covers south of Beecher to north of Avon, from Cascade Heights to Westmont.  For more information, contact
  • Saturday, October 26 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit.
  • Saturday October 26 - Westridge-Sandtown Community Organization Community Cleanup - 9am, Peggie Quick Pocket Park (Intersection of Sandtown Rd SW and Venetian Dr SW). Please join us as we spruce up our neighborhood park in preparation for the 2nd Annual Venetian Hills Candy Stop! We’ll just be doing some light cleaning to make sure everything looks good for Halloween! We look forward to seeing you!
External Events:
  • Wednesday, October 23 - Fort Mac LRA Community Engagement Subcommittee Meeting - 5:30pm, Ft. McPherson LRA Office (1794 Walker Ave).
  • Friday, October 25 - Census Bureau Job Fair & Community Hiring Expo - 10am, Elizabeth Baptist Church (4245 Cascade Rd). The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for help in getting Fulton counted. To do that, they are hosting a Census job fair in conjunction with WorkSource Fulton. The positions have flexible hours (ranging from 20 to 40 hours per week). You can work from home in positions that range from $14 - $24 an hour. Your Federal Benefits (SSI, SSN, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.) will not be impacted by Census payments. The US Census Bureau is a Second Chance Employer. Veterans are also encouraged to apply. For more details visit or call 1-855-JOB-2020
  • Saturday, October 26 - Opening - "No Chaser" - 7pm, South Fulton Arts Center (4645 Butner Rd, College Park). NO CHASER is a nod to the classic 1967 Thelonious Monk album "‪Straight No Chaser”. Artist Darrien West was inspired by the upbeat pulse of this masterful jazz album and uses bold color and intricate patterning to convey his messages in striking visual form.
  • Sunday, October 27 - Live Music - Edwin Williams Experience - 4pm, Fulton County West End Performing Arts Center (945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd)
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Fort Mac LRA Board Moves to Secure New Master Developer

Press release from the Fort Mac LRA:

"The Fort McPherson LRA Board of Directors voted unanimously to enter into negotiations to part ways with current master developer, Steven Macauley of Macauley Investments.  The board will continue to negotiate an amicable separation that is mutually beneficial.

City Council Member Joyce Sheperd from District 12 represents residents that live near Fort McPherson. Sheperd says, 'This is a great opportunity for us to move forward as a community.  The decision made today puts us in a great position to finally move to the implementation phase of this project which we have not been able to do in the last year and a half with our current agreement.'  Sheperd also says,  'In terms of all the amazing things happening on the south side of the city, we are in a great position to entertain other developers to help us create the same kind of positive energy that we have seen with the Beltline and the development at Tyler Perry Studios. And our residents will be the big winners when it’s all said and done.'

Board Chairmen Cassius Butts also added,  'Each and every decision that is made is made with the community interest at the forefront, and making sure this community gets everything they deserve is the top priority.' Butts also says,  'It’s important for the community to realize that we are not starting from ground zero but we have a back up plan to help us move forward in an expedited fashion.'

The next board meeting will take place on November 21, 2019 at 1 PM.

Mark Hayes President & CEO
Cell: 678-829-4632

Pancake Brunch Fundraiser - Thursday, October 17

From our Zone 4 Community Prosecutor, Shari Jones:
Someone in the neighborhood needs a heart! 
Mr. Terry Collier is the President of the Martin Luther King, Jr Drive Merchant's Association, a Community Advocate, Race Director, Marathoner, Father, Grandfather, and Friend. In February of 2018, Terry suffered a heart attach in and November of 2018 he was enrolled in the Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF) as a candidate for a heart transplant. The GTF matches dollar for dollar up to $10,000 to cover the cost of this $20,000-$32,900 operation.  Your generous donation and support will make an impact for generations to come, adding to his legacy as a servant! 
Give from your heart, so we can save his! 
When: Thursday, October 17, 11am-1pm
Where: Fulton County DA's office - 2472 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Cost: $20.00 
To Donate, or for more information, please contact Shari Jones, 404-449-6737,

NPU-S General Meeting This Thursday, Oct 17, 7-9pm

This Thursday the 17th will be our NPU General Meeting for October 2019, held, as always, on the third Thursday of each month.

At this meeting there will be a two presentations, special use permit for a proposed coffee club, a review of a liquor license application, and an ordinance on "small discount variety shops" (AKA dollar stores).

And, of course, there will be reports from the police, code enforcement, public works, and many more!

See you there!

When: Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7-9pm
Where: VICARS, 838 Cascade Rd SW

Fort Mac LRA Board of Directors Meeting - October 17, 1pm, Fort Mac LRA Office

Public Meeting Notice

Fort Mac LRA Board Of Directors Meeting:

The Board of Directors of the Fort Mac LRA will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday October 17, 2019.

Fort Mac LRA Office
1794 Walker Street Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30310
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Agenda: TBD

For more information please contact:
Mark Hayes

Beltline Southwest Study Group Wrap-Up Discussion - October 17, 8am, Cultured South Fermentation Co.

From Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.:

"Join ABI for a Wrap-Up Discussion on Atlanta BeltLine Master Planning inSouthwest Atlanta
The Atlanta BeltLine has been working over the past couple of months with community members in West End, Adair Park, Oakland City, Pittsburgh, Cascade Avenue, Mechanicsville, Westview, and Bush Mountain to share ideas about growth and development in Southwest Atlanta.

As a local business or property owner in these communities, please join us as we host a wrap-up discussion about the collective vision of three commercial corridors around the southwest portion of the Atlanta BeltLine - Lee Street, White Street, and Ralph David Abernathy. We will share the proposed recommendations to support a vision for future growth, development, and mobility developed over the past few months during our community outreach and previous meeting with you. We want to hear from you how consistent these recommendations are with the type and scale of development that you envision for the community.

Your feedback will help drive the Master Planning process and finalize policy recommendations to be presented to the Atlanta City Council.

Thursday, October 17
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Cultured South Fermentation Co.
1038 White Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

Coffee and light breakfast will be provided

We want to hear from our local business and property owners!"

RSVP by emailing

For more information, see the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 1 Master Plan Update site.