April 18, 2008
BEAR CREEK RESERVOIR PERMIT
PROTECTION AGENCY RECOMMENDS DENIAL
It appears as if someone has
finally gotten wise to the tactics used by Newton County
and its attorney in trying to convince citizens and the taxpayers who will pay
for it, that Bear Creek Reservoir is the only alternative for future water in
Many citizens may not realize
all the “misrepresentations” provided to them by those wanting this
reservoir. The attached letter from US
EPA of 8 pages outlines many of them.
From page 6 of the letter:
conclusion, the proposed project purpose has not been fully supported, the
alternatives assessment has not
included a number of practicable alternatives, the applicant's alternatives were assessed using inaccurate data, and all
of the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of the preferred alternative were not assessed.
Furthermore, the mitigation plan is fragmented, lacks detail, lacks baseline
data, and consists primarily of wetland and stream preservation that is likely to result in a net loss of wetland and stream
functions. EPA finds that this project, as currently proposed, may not meet the
requirements of the Section 404(b)(l) Guidelines and may have substantial and
unacceptable impacts on ARNI. Therefore,
EPA recommends denial of the project, as currently proposed. This
letter follows the field level procedures outlined in the August 1992, Memorandum of Agreement between the EPA and
the Department of the Army, Part IV, paragraph 3(a) regarding Section 404(q) of
the CWA. We look forward to working collaboratively
with the applicant and the Corps to reduce project impacts to a permittable
Read highlights of
the letter here—such as:
..this project..will have the largest extent
of stream impacts of any water supply reservoir ever permitted by
the Savannah District.
The current application does not, in our
opinion, clearly explain this large change and much higher population
Read entire letter
TWG has provided
information on BCR to the public since 2003.
An informed public does make a difference! Letters to the Army Corps of Engineers and
others has made an impact.
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