Bear Creek Reservoir News

Water Resources Outlook (January 2017)

Southeast River Forecast Center

Date: 1/27/2017

We examine the water resouces outlook for the southeast U.S. as of January 2017

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Bear Creek Reservoir gets extra million gallons of water

Athens Banner-Herald

Date: 1/25/2017 3:13:00 PM

Installation of a single pipe at the Bear Creek Reservoir is putting an additional 1 million gallons of water a day into the 505-acre storage facility which serves Oconee, Barrow, Jackson and Athens-Clarke counties, boosting the area’s resiliency to drought

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Oconee facing big decisions, big bills for wastewater expansion

Athens Banner-Herald

Date: 1/22/2017 11:05:00 AM

Oconee’s raw-water rights at the Bear Creek Reservoir in Jackson County -- 7 million gallons a day -- should meet water demands until 2040 or 2045, said Feldman, a partner and engineering manager with Engineered Horizons, a Duluth-based water

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Newton County GA : Corrective actions stemming from forensic audit

4 Traders

Date: 1/19/2017 12:57:00 PM

The audit was an in-depth look at several county departments, including SPLOST/Impact Fees, the landfill, the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir project, community centers and the Newton County Recreation Commission. Immediately upon learning of the information

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Grand jury weighs in on Newton County audit findings

Newton Citizen

Date: 1/19/2017 12:57:00 PM

The audit, conducted by accountant David Sawyer, claimed that the county suffered damages arising from the operation of the Recreation Commission, $11,853; Nelson Heights Community Center, $42,648; proposed Bear Creek reservoir, $25,569,421; landfill

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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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