Proctor Creek in the Atlanta metropolitan area has been placed on the impaired waters list because it does not meet state water quality standards for fecal coliform. The topography, prevalence of impervious surfaces in the watershed, and strains on the combined sewer system have contributed to pervasive flooding in the communities along Proctor Creek and created environmental, public health, economic, and redevelopment issues.
An HIA conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency examined impacts on the low-income, minority community within a half-mile of the proposed Boone Boulevard Green Street Project to address some of the community’s needs. The HIA considered the project’s potential effect on a number of health determinants, including water quality, flood management, climate, air quality, traffic safety, nature contact, noise exposure, accessibility, crime, social capital, and household and community economics. Key recommendations included ongoing community engagement in all phases of the Boone Boulevard Green Street Project and support for advocacy groups representing the needs of the community members.