Bear Creek Reservoir News

A Transportation Transformation, Public Art and a Really Crappy New Reservoir

Flagpole Magazine

Date: 1/17/2017 10:02:00 PM

A PUD analysis found a 50 percent chance that Athens’ emergency water supply, Bear Creek Reservoir in Jackson County, will be overtaxed at some point in the next 30 years. A year-long severe drought resulting in a water shortage could cost the Athens

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PUNKINTOWN NATURE PRESERVE: Master plan revealed for passive park along Bear Creek

Douglas County Sentinel

Date: 1/12/2017 10:00:00 PM

Mulcare said that the property fits into the Chattahoochee Trail Master Plan and “would be a terminus for Bear Creek Reservoir.” The property has over 1,000 feet of lake frontage on the Bear Creek Reservoir, which provides water to Douglas County

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Athens needs to boost drought resiliency, commissioners told

Athens Banner-Herald

Date: 1/12/2017 11:39:00 AM

Hall also noted in her presentation that drought conditions at various times over the last decade made Athens-Clarke County dependent on water stored in the Bear Creek Reservoir. That has happened three times thus far, according to Hall’s presentation

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Elmworth family welcomes New Year’s baby

Daily Herald Tribune

Date: 1/2/2017 2:11:00 PM

Valerie Arnold started to feel contractions at 10 p.m., just as New Year’s revellers were watching the first fireworks explode over the Bear Creek reservoir. Five hours later, at 2:59 a.m., Liam Jason Gerald Willis was born, weighing in at 8 pounds

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Mosque controversy was top story in Newton

Newton Citizen

Date: 12/31/2016 12:47:00 PM

The audit, conducted at the request of the Board of Commissioners, determined that county taxpayers suffered “financial damages” of more than $25 million, much of that loss attributed to the handling of the now-abandoned Bear Creek reservoir project by

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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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