What Can You Do?
What Can You Do?
Attend the GA EPD hearing on Barrow
County's request for a permit to dump treated wastewater
into Barber Creek. The hearing on the Barrow County request
will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, at the Barrow
County Board of Commissioners Board Room #315 , 233 E. Broad
Ask your County Commissioners the
following questions about the planned construction of a
wastewater treatment facility on Barber Creek:
- Question: In March of 2004, Jordan Jones
& Goulding presented a Draft Report Wastewater System Master
Plan to Oconee County. The report, on Page 3-5, makes the
"For Oconee County the surface streams with large enough flows
to receive treated discharges are considered to be the
Apalachee, Middle Oconee, and Oconee Rivers. The other
streams, such as Barber Creek and Calls Creek, are considered
to be too small to receive a substantial quantity of treated
flow. While these smaller streams could be used, the treatment
standards would be very restrictive, increasing the cost of
the treatment facilities."
The JJG report noted that, even if water was treated at a
level to meet state requirements, as the plants expanded they
would quickly exceed the capacity of these creeks, making the
Apalachee, Middle Oconee and Oconee more appropriate.
Given this observation, why did the County decide to expand
the Rocky Branch Waste Treatment facility and discharge into
- Question: The Rocky Branch Land
Application System was opened in August of 2002. It is in the
part of the county experiencing the most rapid growth. It
seems likely it will soon be surrounded by residential
development. Why does it make sense to expand this facility
given this location and the fact that the only close outlet is
In the Final Report, JJG, in describing Option 4, which it
recommended, made the following observation about the Rocky
Branch facility (Page 3-9):
Capacity added beyond 0.4 MGD would entail the installation of
a new treatment plant and an effluent pipeline from the plant
site to Barber Creek or the Apalachee River.
Why did the County select Barber Creek rather than the
Apalachee River to receive the effluent?
- Question: The County on March 1, 2005,
passed an amendment to the water and wastewater standards for
the county. According to that ordinance, the water should NOT
be used for the following: drinking, food preparation, hand
washing, automobile washing , or irrigation of fruits and
vegetables (Page 1 of 5 or ordinance). Why should we want it
in our creek if people arenít even supposed to use it to wash
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