The Morris property is the second acquisition on the Dog River in Douglas County. The areas surrounding this property are experiencing residential development pressure as the Atlanta metropolitan area continues to grow. Therefore, this 1.18 acres tract will provide valuable greenspace and habitat protection in Douglas County, as well as provide an example of the benefits of residential greenspace to the surrounding community. The Morris property acquisition protects 290 feet of stream frontage and is almost entirely located in the floodplain. Since this property is a protected greenway property, it will be forever maintained in a natural state. Protection of the floodplain in a natural state helps prevent flooding by allowing stormwater to infiltrate the ground slowly instead of rushing into nearby streams. Stormwater flowing directly into streams at a high volume and velocity also causes erosion, which is another reason why protection of adjacent buffer zones is so important. This substantial acquisition is an example of how property owner participation in the Atlanta Greenway Acquisition Project results in the protection of the metro area's valuable water resources.
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