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!
Group Releases “WAITING IN A CESSPOOL”
Calls for Prompt Action to Evacuate Remaining Residents
The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has called upon officials in Augusta to take immediate steps to move the families still living in the contaminated Hyde Park neighborhood to safer housing. In a letter addressed to the mayor, Charles Utley, Augusta resident and Campaign Director for BREDL, said, “The residents Hyde Park seek only justice and fulfillment of promises made. We are appealing to you to use the power of your office to protect public health and safety. We started this project, let’s finish it.”