DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond gave an update on DeKalb’s Sewer Consent Decree. According to CEO Thurmond, DeKalb County has been working diligently to meet all deadlines to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows and satisfy all aspects of the Clean Water Act settlement reached with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
This Consent Decree began in December 2011 and currently runs through June 2020. It came about due to DeKalb County’s lack of oversight and management dysfunction in the Watershed Department. A record 6.4 million gallons of sewage spilled at Snapfinger Creek in August 2017.
Upon taking office in January 2017, CEO Thurmond said that taking care of this matter would be one of his top priorities, stating that, “In order to comply with the letter and spirit of the Consent Decree and support economic development, I have initiated a full scale review of all Watershed Department policies, assumptions, maintenance programs and construction schedules”.
To view the CEO’s update presentation, click here.