Today I met Lorraine Cochran-Johnson, DeKalb County Commissioner, Super District 7 at the Greater Atlanta Homebuilder’s DeKalb-Rockdale Chapter meeting. Ms. Chochran-Johnson was there for DeKalb County Deputy COO of DeKalb County Ted Rhinehart’s presentation and update on the sewer situation in the county.
Commissioner Cochran-Johnson is looking forward to making it easier to build in DeKalb County and would like more development in South DeKalb County and is willing to put in the work to attract more and better businesses and development to this area. Commissioner Cochran-Johnson serves over 350,000 constituents from Doraville to Tucker, Decatur (Unincorporated DeKalb), Lithonia, and Stonecrest. District 7 is one of the largest districts in the State of Georgia. With diversity, unique communities, and a wide variety of economic resources, she embraces the opportunity to leverage our resources to make DeKalb great!
As you know DeKalb County is under a court decree. DeKalb County has reached a Clean Water Act settlement in the form of a consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) that formalizes implementation of certain sanitary sewer system programs and improvements, many of which the County is already implementing. These programs and improvements, which focus on the collection and transmission components of the County’s sewers, will ensure long-term protection of public health and the environment, particularly with respect to the rivers and streams in the County. The programs and improvements will also ensure compliance with the federal Clean Water Act and the Georgia Water Quality Control Act and will improve the viability of the County’s sewers for generations to come. The consent decree provides a roadmap for working cooperatively with the EPA and EPD.