Watershed organization expands

The Long Island Creek Watershed Preservation Association (LICWPA) celebrated its 10th anniversary by announcing a change of name and scope of service. The organization is now the Watershed Alliance of Sandy Springs and will service all six of the city’s watersheds. Individual captains have been assigned for each watershed:

•Crooked Creek: Lisa Banov, (770) 395-7672

•Heards Creek: Mike McGuinn, (404) 256-2532

•Long Island Creek: Patty Berkovitz, (404) 255-4925, and Dick Farmer, 404.705.8246

•Marsh Creek: Susan Joseph, (404) 252-2322

•Nancy Creek: Harriet Mills, (404) 252-3335

•Sullivans Creek: Stan Jones, (678) 777-8284

Grants and gifts have allowed the alliance to obtain a portable water monitoring station and a night vision camera to monitor animal activity at local creeks. These devices are used to train environmental science students and support monitoring of local water sources. Multiple members of the alliance are certified water quality monitors.

Meeting planned: Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. the Watershed Alliance of Sandy Springs will hold its annual meeting at the Fulton County North Annex, 7741 Roswell Road.

The keynote speaker will be Sally Bethea of the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. The address will focus on the water problems in the metro area and their impact on future growth.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Patty Berkovitz at (404) 255- 4905 or email DaHushPup@aol.com.

Additional information is at www.WatershedAllianceofSandySprings.org.

Comment on the budget

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners is hosting a series of public hearings to receive feedback and suggestions on the 2010 General Fund and South Fulton Tax District Fund budgets. One will be held Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive in Sandy Springs.

Nominations open for humanitarian award

Nominations are open for the Sandy Springs Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, which is bestowed Jan. 18.

The honor is given to a person distinguished for humanitarian contributions to society in his or her business, profession, volunteerism or philanthropic life’s work. Nominees must have lived in Sandy Springs for the three years. A nomination form is available at www.sandyspringsga.org. Forms are also available at Sandy Springs City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, building 500. They are due Dec. 4.