Before there was Peachtree Street, there was Peachtree Creek. Its waters formed the spine of human community where Atlanta began. Today, however, the creek is very different. It is suppressed by pavement, forced into culverts, and ravaged by invading kudzu. For most of the five million people in the metropolitan region, Peachtree Creek and the south and north forks which converge to create it are almost invisible.
From its trickling headwaters to its gushing final surge 40 miles downstream into the Chattahoochee River, Peachtree Creek is a force of nature commanding respect. Muscle through the invasive plants, listen and look. The vital creek is still there. Its steep banks, sandy beaches and stately canopy are hiding in plain sight. To repair the damage of the last 150 years, and return this historic waterway to its rightful place in the forefront of the region’s natural resources, concerned neighbors have begun to dream together of a broad plan for restoration, conservation and protection. The South Fork Initiative is the beginning of that plan.
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Restoring this diverse watershed involves
removing non-native invasive plants
bringing awareness through access, education & advocacy
responding to environmental threats through more eyes on the creek