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Southern Company, partners honor waterway conservation efforts



        Southern Company, partners honor waterway conservation efforts

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Jan. 23, 2013

ATLANTA, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Honoring natural resource conservation
projects focused on protecting wetlands and streams in the Southeast is an
annual tradition for Southern Company and other key supporters of the Five
Star Restoration program.

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The latest event, held this week at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) Region 4 headquarters in Atlanta, recognized community-based
environmental stewardship projects in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and
Mississippi. Southern Company is the Southern regional lead corporate sponsor
for Five Star Restoration, a national program to support waterway-related
conservation, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
(NFWF), EPA, the National Association of Counties and the Wildlife Habitat
Council.  

Since 2006, Southern Company has contributed $1.42 million to 67 Five Star
Restoration grants for projects that will result in an on-the-ground
conservation impact of more than $5.37 million to restore more than 540 acres
of wetlands and more than 69,330 feet of riparian buffer.

"Five Star Restoration is a key component of Southern Company's environmental
commitment and a visible way of making the communities we serve better off
because we're there," said Chris Hobson, Southern Company chief environmental
officer. "These results-oriented projects, backed by strong partnerships, are
making a positive difference and are deserving of recognition."

"In states across the Southeast, Five Star Restoration grants are helping to
protect and restore our wetlands and shorelines," said Jeff Trandahl,
executive director and CEO of NFWF.  "The continued support of Southern
Company and the engagement of our conservation partners have made an enormous
impact on these vital wildlife habitats."

"The groups being recognized have made tremendous strides to restore and
protect waterways in communities all across the Southeast," said EPA Region 4
Administrator Gwen Keyes Fleming. "EPA is proud to continue supporting the
Five Star Restoration program and we applaud each project's accomplishments."

Tuesday's event featured projects that were awarded Five Star Restoration
grants in 2011:

  o Auburn University for the Restoring Stream Functions in Holland Creek
    project (Alabama)
  o The Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium for the Prichard Reading Park
    Stream Bank Restoration project (Alabama)
  o Pensacola Escambia Clean Community Commission for the Bayview Park Oyster
    Restoration project (Florida)
  o The Atlanta Botanical Garden Inc. for the Urban Habitat Restoration
    project (Georgia)
  o The Blue Heron Nature Preserve Inc. for the Blue Heron Nature Preserve
    Invasive Removal and Education project (Georgia)
  o  The Crosby Arboretum Foundation for the Crosby Arboretum Swamp Forest
    Educational Exhibit (Mississippi)
  o Land Trust for the Coastal Mississippi Plain for the Old Fort Bayou
    Connection project  (Mississippi)

The following projects, which received multiyear grants in 2010, also were
recognized: 

  o The Piedmont Park Conservancy for the Wetland Restoration in Piedmont Park
    project (Georgia)
  o Ducks Unlimited Inc. for the Arrowhead Environmental Education Center
    Wetland Project (Georgia)
  o Trees Atlanta for the Trees Atlanta and BeltLine Clear Creek Restoration
    project (Georgia)

At the annual events, grantees are presented with commemorative plaques, made
from recyclable materials, to mark the project sites.

In addition to Five Star Restoration, Southern Company, in partnership with
NFWF, supports projects to conserve birds characteristic of the South through
the Power of Flight program and to restore the region's longleaf pine
ecosystem through the Longleaf Legacy/Longleaf Stewardship Fund. 

Project details are available at
www.southerncompany.com/corporate-responsibility/social-responsibility/restoration.aspx.
Proposals for 2013 Five Star Restoration grants are being accepted until Feb.
7. Details are available at www.nfwf.org.

With 4.4 million customers and more than 43,000 megawatts of generating
capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy
company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S.
producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company
owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation
company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company
brands are known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high
reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average.
Southern Company and its subsidiaries are leading the nation's nuclear
renaissance through the construction of the first new nuclear units to be
built in a generation of Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to
energy innovation through the development of a state-of-the-art coal
gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized by the U.S.
Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer and
listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks. The company received the
2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its leadership in new
nuclear development, was named Platts' 2011 Power Company of the Year and is
continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most
Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at
www.southerncompany.com.

SOURCE Southern Company

Website: http://www.southerncompany.com
Contact: Southern Company Media Relations, +1-404-506-5333 or +1-866-506-5333
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