Emma Wetlands Acquired by the City of Atlanta

On October 7, 2003 the City of Atlanta, supported by funding from the Blue Heron Nature Preserve and the North Buckhead Civic Association purchased the 8.7 acre Emma Wetlands site. 

Site of the Emma Wetlands (shown in blue, above)

The City provided the great majority of the funding for this acquisition but $8,000 by the Blue Heron Nature Preserve and $10,000 by the North Buckhead Civic Association were used to close the deal. (We used most of our association's savings on this deal. If you would like to help us out, please contact Gordon Certain by email.)

The Blue Heron Nature Preserve, Inc., which Nancy also heads, is under contract with the City to manage the site as a passive greenspace. For information about the City's "Greenway Acquisition" program, see http://greenway.usigis.com/CleanWaterAtlanta.

Thanks to Sally Mills and Susan Rutherford of the City's Watershed Management division and others in City government for seeing these long negotiations through. Nancy, thanks so much for your tireless work toward this amazing accomplishment.

We nominated this property for consideration by the City as a greenspace acquisition back in August 2001, in our North Buckhead Greenspace Package.

View of Lake Emma in 1945 (from Pure Oil report)

View of Lake Emma in Dec. 2000 (same view from a slightly different position)

The lake shown in the photo above lasted into the 1990s when it was carelessly filled by silt from the GA 400 road project (about 1/2 miles upstream).

The history of the Lake Emma/Lakemoore/wetlands area is available here.

Blue Heron Nature Preserve information