Bear Creek Reservoir News

Failed reservoirs leave taxpayers paying the bill

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Date: 12/9/2016 4:21:00 AM

The audit claims county officials “recklessly wasted” $25 million pursuing the Bear Creek Reservoir, a project the county has since abandoned. The auditor placed much of the blame on former county attorney Tommy Craig, who served the county in a dual

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Audit findings hang over final Newton County BOC meeting for 2016

Newton Citizen

Date: 12/7/2016 2:33:00 PM

He singled out an audit finding that alleged that Ellis had authorized two land transactions related to the failed Bear Creek reservoir project without Board of Commissioners approval. The audit claims that the transactions could wind up costing the county

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Report: Former county manager mishandled millions

The Business Journal

Date: 12/7/2016 3:20:00 AM

The audit says Tommy Craig "recklessly wasted" much of that money on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir. That project has now been scrapped. An investigation by WXIA found Craig spearheaded the project, used eminent domain to force homeowners out

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Recreation Commission finds ‘no illegal or dishonest behavior’

Covington News

Date: 12/5/2016 6:55:00 PM

To see our story on the report concerning Bear Creek Reservoir click here. To see our story on the report concerning the Nelson Heights Community Center click here. To see our story on the report concerning the Newton County landfill click here

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Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Covington News

Date: 12/4/2016 2:07:00 AM

Eds Note: To read more on the forensic accounting report click for a report on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, here; read about the report on the landfill, here; read about the report on SPLOST/Impact fees, here; read about the report on Nelson Heights

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• Surface Area: 670 Acres
Bear Creek Reservoir, also known as Big Bear, was first impounded in 1969 mostly as a flood control reservoir and holds 670 acres of water at full pool. The lake was drained in 2005. Located approximately 20 miles southwest of Russellville in Franklin County, it is one of four Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) reservoirs operated by the Bear Creek Development Authority. The primary uses of this reservoir are flood control and recreation.

Bear Creek Reservoir is wild and scenic as no residential development mars the lakes shoreline. Camping and fishing provide the main recreational opportunities. Two public areas (Piney Point and Horseshoe Bend) provide boat ramps and campgrounds.

Bear Creek is one of four dams - the others are Upper Bear Creek, Little Bear Creek, and Cedar Creek - that provide flood control, recreational opportunities, and water supply in northwest Alabama.

The Bear Creek area is popular for all kinds of boating, including canoeing and kayaking. The Bear Creek Floatway, which flows into Bear Creek Reservoir, is a popular spot for teaching first-timers to negotiate rapids and work with the current.
Below the dam the Lower Bear Creek Canoe Trail provides a more leisurely float, running 34 miles down the creek to Pickwick Landing Dam on the Tennessee.
The scenic area is also frequented by fishermen, picnickers, birdwatchers, and sightseers.
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