Go with the flow...

We strive to protect and improve the health and quality of urban waters, including Proctor Creek and the Chattahoochee River, through enhanced access, amenities, and application of best management practices. 


Chattahoochee River

Although the Chattahoochee River makes up the largest part of the Apalachicola–Chattahoochee–Flint River Basin, the headwaters from which metropolitan Atlanta draws a majority of its water supply is the smallest watershed to serve as a primary water source for a metropolitan area in the country. In addition to providing water for drinking and household use, this river is critical to many natural habitats and serves a variety of recreational, agricultural, and industrial users throughout its 434 miles. 

Groundwork Atlanta works as part of the Chattahoochee Coalition and collaborates with many community partners, including Riverwalk Atlanta, Chattahoochee NOW, Trust for Public Land, the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Friends of Riverside Park, and more, to protect this resource through conservation and stormwater best management practices, while allowing for strategic access and sustainable green infrastructure and low-impact development throughout the river corridor and surrounding areas.  

To improve access, Groundwork Atlanta staff, Board members, and volunteers come together for community service days along the banks of the Chattahoochee River, where we focus on invasive plant species management and trailblazing. Join us from 9am-12pm on the first Saturday of each month at 2386 Paul Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. Check our calendar for opportunities to help out!  

Did you know that in February 2018 the Atlanta Regional Commission awarded a total of $1.2 million to the Trust for Public Land, the City of Atlanta, and Cobb County to develop a master plan for a greenway along 100 miles of the Chattahoochee River? This is a huge step forward in planning and realizing the dream of so many who have pushed for improved access and amenities along the Chattahoochee River for decades! Information on opportunities to get engaged in the planning process will be coming soon.  


Proctor Creek 

From its headwaters just west of Downtown Atlanta to its confluence with the Chattahoochee River, the Proctor Creek watershed is the only watershed contained entirely within the City of Atlanta. Although this creek was once used for swimming, fishing, and as a community gathering place, decades of pollution and neglect have taken a toll on the formerly pristine waterway. While much of Proctor Creek is hidden away, and often overlooked or forgotten, this corridor is home to diverse aquatic and terrestrial species. 

In response to community outcry and environmental concerns over the ecological health of the waterway, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared Proctor Creek as a priority urban water in 2013. Groundwork Atlanta works in collaboration with many local, state, and federal stakeholders and organizations, including the Proctor Creek Stewardship Council, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, the City of Atlanta, and the EPA, to improve water quality, address erosion, and increase access to the creek.   

In the news:

West of Buckhead, 'Riverwalk Atlanta' has Great Potential - Josh Green, Curbed Atlanta, July 15, 2014

Two Pending Projects Threaten Dream of Riverwalk Atlanta Park - Maria Saporta, Saporta Report, March 28, 2016