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Fine art with Alabama native Perry Austin

Donna Pate

Date: 9/25/2017

With roots in rural Alabama, Perry Austin has a passion for the landscape both as a painter and a fisherman. Beginning art at the age of 13. Perry began formal training in the aerospace industry as a technical illustrator and worked for companies from California to Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. After

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Our view: Astoria wise to invest in a healthy watershed

The Daily Astorian

Date: 9/19/2017 12:19:00 AM

It includes 32 miles of stream and tributaries, Bear Creek Reservoir, Middle Lake and Wickiup Lake. The city’s forest is a thriving storehouse for carbon that could otherwise be contributing to global climate problems. Astoria was paid $2.2 million two

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Officials urge common sense as haze from fires blankets coast

The Daily Astorian

Date: 9/7/2017 12:02:00 AM

So far, the ash has fallen in such small amounts that Astoria Public Works is not worried about water quality issues at Bear Creek Reservoir. The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Astoria office sent one engine and two people to help fight the fire in the

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County-purchased land reverts to seller as part of Bear Creek fallout

Newton Citizen

Date: 8/31/2017 1:55:00 PM

COVINGTON — Two hundred acres of land that had been purchased at a cost of $1.4 million by Newton County for wetlands mitigation have been returned to the seller after the county was unable to obtain a 404 permit for the Bear Creek reservoir project

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Astoria keeps close eye on timber in Bear Creek watershed

The Daily Astorian

Date: 8/29/2017 4:31:00 PM

And the city owns the entire thing: about 3,700 densely forested acres, 32 miles of stream and tributaries, Bear Creek Reservoir, Middle Lake and Wickiup Lake. “This is very rare on the Oregon Coast to own your own watershed,” Hayes said as he stopped

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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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