Trail Creek Wetland Protection Program

Summary:

Many of the county’s wetlands, which filter pollutants from the creek and store water during storm events, are located in the Trail Creek watershed.  We are looking for students interested policy to help research and develop a wetlands protection program.

Contact: Odum and Law School’s Laurie Fowler (lafowler@sewanee.edu)

Details:

Many of the county’s wetlands are located in the Trail Creek watershed.  These filter pollutants from the creek and store water during storm events.  Previous planning efforts, including recommendations of a citizen task force established in 2015, suggested the development of a wetlands protection program using the voluntary donation of conservation easements permanently prohibiting the development of the wetlands and a purchase of development rights (PDR) program.  These wetlands are not extensive and many are located on industrial sites rather than in fragmented ownership so their protection is feasible.  We need students interested in policy research to help us develop a framework for (1) an easement recruitment program which the Oconee River Land Trust could use and (2) a PDR program using funding from Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and other sources for county staff and elected officials to consider for adoption as a county program.  A lot of this work will involve researching successful wetlands protection programs developed by land trusts in the U.S. and PDR programs adopted by local governments and identifying elements that you think would contribute to success in Athens-Clarke County.  References:  Nine-Element Watershed Management Plan for Trail Creek (on the Watershed UGA website under “resources” then “files” see especially pages 11, 12 and 20),  Saved by Development and Saved by Development 2 (by Rick Preutz at the RBC library). 

Contact: Odum and Law School’s Laurie Fowler (lafowler@sewanee.edu-- note interim address while Laurie is on sabbatical). 

Resource list

Name Organization Contact/URL Tags
Tyra Byers Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management Division tyrab@uga.edu
Water
Shana Jones Carl Vinson Institute of Government shanaj@uga.edu
Water
water conservation
Office of Sustainability Interns Office of Sustainability sustainability.uga.edu/interns
Transportation
Water
Waste
zero waste
Energy
Food
Residence Halls
art
Human Dimensions
Public Health
Georgia River Network garivers.org
Water
Upper Oconee Watershed Network info@uown.org
Water
water conservation
stormwater
Oconee River Land Trust oconeeriverlandtrust.org
Water
water conservation
stormwater
Watershed UGA watershed@uga.edu
Water
water conservation
stormwater
Kevin Kirsche Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management Division kkirsche@uga.edu
Built Environment
Community
grounds
Students for Environmental Action ugasea15@gmail.com
Community
The Campus Kitchen at UGA ckuga@uga.edu
Food
food security
food waste
Community
Volunteer UGA vugaexec@gmail.com
Community
The Lunchbox Garden Project lunchboxgarden@gmail.com
Food
Community
Athens Farmers Market marketmanager@athensfarmersmarket.net
Food
food security
food waste
Public Health
Community
Whatever it Takes at UGA witatuga@gmail.com
Community
Georgia Climate Change Coalition http://www.georgiaclimatecoalition.org/
greenhouse gases
Community
Federation of Neighborhoods contact@accneighborhoods.org
Community
Athens Land Trust admin@athenslandtrust.org
Built Environment
Community
grounds
urban ecology
Andrew Saunders Athens Clarke County Government andrew.saunders@athensclarkecounty.com
Community