DWM was recognized for adopting one of the most far-reaching stormwater ordinances in the country. More than 4,000 projects have been approved using rain gardens, porous pavement, rainwater cisterns and other pollution controls. These green infrastructure projects help to slow down and keep polluted rainwater from entering streams.
“In 1998, Atlanta received the first of two consent decrees to address combined sewer overflows,” said Commissioner Kishia L. Powell. “Now, 20 years later, to be recognized for our efforts in making a difference in protecting our water resources is an extraordinary honor. This award is also for the many stakeholders and community groups that have supported and worked alongside DWM.”