The North Fork Connectors want to make the public more aware of a portion of Peachtree Creek which runs along I-85, from Mercer University to the Lindbergh area. Image via Google Maps

The North Fork Connectors want to make the public more aware of a portion of Peachtree Creek which runs along I-85, from Mercer University to the Lindbergh area. Image via Google Maps

An organization hoping to create a linear park along the north fork of Peachtree Creek is holding a river cleanup to bring its goal closer to reality.

The North Fork Connectors, created by a group of Brookhaven residents in October, hopes to make more people aware of the north fork of Peachtree Creek, a 12-mile body of water that runs roughly alongside I-85 and extends from Mercer University in DeKalb County to the Lindbergh area of Atlanta.

“We have this beautiful river that has the potential to be a beautiful parkway. There’s nothing like it right now in our area,” said Betsy Eggers, a founding board member of the organization.

The group is working with local governments and organizations to advocate for a paved path for walking and biking along the north fork of the creek, Eggers said.

On April 19, the organization is inviting volunteers to help clean up the portion of the stream that runs through the city of Brookhaven.

The cleanup, which begins at the Microtel near the intersection of Buford Highway and Corporate Boulevard, is scheduled to last from 9 a.m. to noon.  To register, go to www.northforkconnectors.org.

“There are many people in the community wanting to engage with nature and think that ‘well, we live in an urban area so you have to drive somewhere to appreciate what nature has to offer.’ That’s not the case. There are wonderful, beautiful areas right in the city,” Eggers said. “We believe this is an opportunity to introduce people to some of those areas.”

Eggers said much of the trash that ends up in the creek is washed in during rainstorms.  “It’s all of us that might be littering or not being careful about picking up garbage by the side of the road,” Eggers said.

The North Fork Connectors believe that creating a linear park will help protect the creek.

“Having more eyes on the river will help stop pollution that’s happening,” Eggers said. “We hope to educate homeowners about what they can do in their own backyards to protect the watershed.”

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