New Transportation Enhancements Report Published

The National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse (NTEC) has published the 2010 report “Transportation Enhancements: Summary of Nationwide Spending as of Fiscal Year 2009”. The full-color, 40-page report is available as a free PDF download at: http://enhancements.org/download/Spending_Report/TE_Spending_Report_FY09.pdf

What are the country’s transportation funding priorities? What are transportation enhancements? How does your state compare with other states when it comes to spending federal Transportation Enhancements program funds? This report provides a view into this popular federal transportation funding program for transparency and valuable comparisons.
NTEC has made significant database improvements over the past year. The newly issued report is a complete update. It features a new explanation of the federal transportation financing life-cycle, a funding report on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and more. 
NTEC is a valuable resource with tools and a web-accessible database on national and state-by-state funding and expenditures. NTEC makes the Transportation Enhancements program the most accountable and transparent transportation funding program in the United States.
Visit http://www.enhancements.org/ to access numerous tools and publications. For more information, or for technical assistance with respect to NTEC resources, contact Tracy Hadden Loh, NTEC Program Coordinator, 2121 Ward Ct NW, 5th Floor, Washington DC 20037, 202-974-5155, tracy@enhancements.org.
The National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse is operated by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (www.railstotrails.org) under cooperative agreement with the Federal Highway Administration.

LLCC & GIS

This Thursday evening, 13 May, we will hold our next LLCC General Membership Meeting. It will begin at 7:00 PM with David Green (Perkins+Will) presenting our new Geographic Information System (GIS). David will give us a brief introduction to GIS technology, introduce our customized system, and explain how this tool will be used in evaluation of the Blueprints Study recommendations and our future planning efforts. What makes our system unique is that it is customized for the LLCC community, spanning the jurisdictional lines between the City of Atlanta and unincorporated DeKalb County.
OK, so you are asking yourself, “What is GIS and how can I use it?”
A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.
GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.
A GIS helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared. We plan to share ours on our website.
In addition to basic demographic data, we hope to displace crime stats, flood plains, zoning, property ownership, tax valuation, real estate trends, traffic patterns, just to name a few. While you are viewing this presentation, we hope you will share with our design team data you would like to see tracked and displayed as well.
To find out more about GIS, in a clear, concise format, visit www.gis.com.
Our meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1438 Sheridan Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30324.

LLCC Community Garden at Zonolite Park

Sally Sears
Sally Sears, South Fork Conservancy
By Sally Sears, South Fork Conservancy
Federal inspectors combed the land at DeKalb’s Zonolite Park, Wednesday, March 24, 2010, where LLCC hopes to build a community garden. The lead investigator, Leonardo Ceron, told me they are looking for asbestos clinging to the dirt in the flood plain – particles which, if airborne, could cause significant health problems.
The land on the South Fork of Peachtree Creek was an industrial site for decades. Extensive testing in the years of county ownership since 1988 led to asbestos removal in equipment and buildings there. Now Environmental Protection Agency scientists are looking for contamination lingering in the dirt. Test results from 40 sites along the creek and behind the railroad spur are expected by the end of June. If enough hazardous asbestos is found, Mr. Ceron said federal Superfund dollars could be used to clean the site. That could allow the garden project to move forward.
Community Garden supporters are encouraged that the testing could resolve final questions about the safety of the dirt at Zonolite Park. More information on the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/verm.html

Cleaning the Corridor – Spring Cleaning Part 1

Sarah Hailey
Saray Hailey, LLCC Adopt-a-Highway Program Coordinator
by Sarah Hailey, LLCC Adopt-a-Highway Program Coordinator  
Volunteer for the next Adopt A Highway cleanup event on April 10! Join us at ChocoLaté at 9:00 am for coffee and pastry before splitting into groups to pick up trash along the corridor. We’re usually done by 11:00 am, so this is a quick, easy way to do something good for the environment and give back to the community. Remember to bring gloves and durable shoes.  
SAVE THE DATE: Mark your calendar to volunteer for the Adopt-A-Highway program each month. The next three cleanup events will be 9:00-11:00 am May 15, June 12 and July 10.  
DO YOU HAVE A TRUCK? We need a truck at each session to take the trash bags to the DOT pickup site in front of Publix. Email me at cleanup@lindberghlavista.org if you’d like to sign up to help at any of the next four sessions.  
ChocoLate
ChocoLaté Coffee - Adopt-a-Highway Sponsor

South Fork – Peachtree Creek workday Apr. 17


Robert Rule
Robert Rule, South Fork Project Coordinator

by Robert Rule

LLCC is partnering with the South Fork Conservancy to clean up areas along the South Fork of Peachtree Creek. Our first major workday will be April 17th. We will be cleaning up trash and removing invasive plants – NOT clearing new trails – on City of Atlanta Watershed Management easement adjacent to Lindridge Martin Manor. Several Boy Scout and Cub Scout units will participate. Volunteers and groups are welcome! For information contact me, LLCC South Fork Project Coordinator, at robert.rule@linberghlavista.org.

Cub Scouts help clean up creek

Rich Sussman
Rich Sussman, LLCC Environment Coordinator
from Rich Sussman
March 20, more than 35 Cub Scouts and parents from packs in Garden Hills and Toco Hills attacked the exotic plants and picked up trash on the Meadow Loop Trail along the North Fork of Peachtree Creek. This was the second time the scouts helped clean up the trail. Thanks to them and many neighbors, you can now walk the entire loop starting from the two exposed manholes to the overpass and then back along the stream to Lindbergh. Lots of that nasty kudzu, privet, multiflora roses and honeysuckle have been cut down, pulled up, and eliminated from the meadow. During the two workdays, nearly 20 bags of trash were collected along with tires, chairs, mattresses and a steel ammo box. As soon as Georgia DOT gives its permission, we will erect a sign heralding the trail as part of a longer trail system along the North and South Forks of Peachtree Creek. As the weather is finally brightening and getting warmer, please take the opportunity to stroll the trail – and feel free to pick up some trash during your walk!
See our website (www.lindberghlavista.org) to view more photos from this event.