ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – After years of neglect, government leaders and land conservationists are working to develop a seven-mile trail along a polluted Atlanta creek that would link the city’s BeltLine trail system to the Chattahoochee River.

Federal officials on Friday said Proctor Creek on Atlanta’s west side has been designated one of 11 urban waterways nationwide to be targeted for revitalization.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the project will improve water quality, restore ecosystems and enhance public access to the creek, a tributary of the Chattahoochee.

Though permits must still be acquired, the Trust for Public Land is working with private partners to create the new trail.

Debra Edelson of the trust says that if all goes according to plan, the first four miles of the trail could be in place by 2015.


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