Welcome to the Hyde Park Community of Augusta, GA
A story of struggle, perseverance, faith and success!!!
In 1990, the residents of Hyde Park, a small neighborhood in Augusta, Georgia discovered that their water, soil and air were contaminated with toxic chemicals including lead, arsenic and PCBs. For over twenty years, this close-knit community of tax paying U.S. citizens struggled to save themselves and their children from the toxic contamination surrounding them.
In January 2013, Hyde Park’s struggle finally came to an end when the city of Augusta began relocating residents to new homes!!
Once everyone is moved out (estimated, 2014) the entire neighborhood will be turned into a stormwater retention pond. Importantly, the official reason for the relocation has to do with flood protection, not contamination. Even so, residents count this as an important (and rare) environmental justice victory!