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- 11/25/07 The
Georgia Water Coalition, a group of individuals and organizations which
includes the Friends of Barber Creek as one of its 149 partners, has drafted a
resolution in response to the current drought crisis in Georgia. The Board of
Directors of the Friends of Barber Creek is asking the Board of Commissioners of
Oconee County to pass this resolution on behalf of the citizens of Oconee
- 12/30/06 Many thanks for the terrific turnout at the EPD
hearing. It was great to see so many folks stand up for what they believe
is important at this mid-December meeting!
Check out the supporting documents for our claim that the county's application
was faulty in our library and new
pictures in the photo album after the
rainfall on Christmas Day.
- 12/06/06 Please attend the hearing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2006, at the Oconee County Civic Center, 2661 Hog Mountain Road, to tell representatives of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division of your concerns about the draft permit to allow for the discharge of 1.0 million gallons per day of treated sewage water into Barber Creek. Even if you support the discharge into the creek, please consider asking the EPD to limit discharge to when the creek is not flood, to clean the water to the highest standard possible--drinking water quality--and to agree to frequent, unannounced monitoring of the creek. A petition you can sign and bring to the meeting is available on this website. If you cannot attend the meeting, please sign and send the petition directly to the EPD. It isn't necessary to speak at the meeting. Please attend to show your interest and support.
- 10/22/06 Please Attend Nov. 1 Candidate Forum
Candidates seeking to represent District 46 in the
Georgia Senate (Bill Cowsert and Jane Kidd) and candidates seeking to
represent District 113 in the George House (Bob Smith and Becky Vaughn)
will participate in a Candidate Forum to be held from 7-9 p.m. at the
Oconee County Library.
Many people already know for whom they will vote in these important races.
No one knows for sure who is going to win. This is an opportunity not only
to learn about all of the candidates but also to communicate to the
candidates about your concerns about issues facing Oconee County and
The event is open to the public and is sponsored by Citizens for Oconee’s
Future, Citizens for South Oconee County, Friends of Barber Creek, Friends
of the Apalachee and Oconee Citizens for Responsible Growth.
- 8/28/06 Please consider writing the Georgia EPD by
Sept. 14 requesting a hearing on Oconee County’s request for a permit to
discharge treated wastewater into Barber Creek. We need to have many questions answered...
- 8/28/06 A letter dated 11/28/05 to Oconee County from EPD is in the
- 7/20/06 Please consider attending the 7/25/06 Board
of Commissioner's meeting at 7:00 pm at the courthouse to express your
opinion about the "watering down" of the stormwater ordinance.
- 6/15/06 Personal letter from Lee Becker to the Board
of Commissioners regarding the stormwater ordinance is posted for
informational purposes in the
- 6/1/06-6/8/06 Several documents about the new stormwater
ordinance in the
- 5/4/06 Check out the
FOBC library with a Winder Hearing Briefing and other documents!
4/12/06 As many of you were informed by mail today,
the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection
Division, will hold a public hearing on the Barrow County request for a
permit to dump treated wastewater into Barber Creek. Our group produced more
than 80 letters asking for this hearing. This is a sign of our success. Now
we must be prepared to attend the hearing and present our case.
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 St., Winder.
Significant questions need to be raised about this permit
request. Among them are the following:
1. The August 5, 2005, application is for a 0.5 MGD cold
weather discharge into Barber Creek, yet the EPD proposes to grant a 0.5 MGD
per day discharge permit, with no restriction to cold weather, as well as an
add itional permit to discharge 1.0 MGD per day. Why?
2. Barber Creek currently floods often. What will be the impact of the
Barrow County discharges on flooding downstream from the plant? Oconee
County also is seeking a permit to dump 0.6 MGD of treated wastewater into
the creek and has calculated that this discharge will increase the water
level in Barber Creek by just under 3/4th of an inch. Oconee County is
discussing the possibility of seeking permits to discharge up to 4 MGD from
its plant on Rocky Branch Road.
3. Experts from the firm of Jordan, Jones & Goulding, in a draft report
presented to Oconee County in March of 2004, stated on Page 3-5:
"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."
Barber Creek is even smaller in Barrow County. What evidence is there
that Jordan, Jones & Goulding were wrong in their assessment of the capacity
of Barber Creek?
4. The draft permit for Barrow County specifies actions that must be
taken by Barrow County in the event of a spill of untreated sewage or sewage
treated at a lower standard than covered by your proposed permit. None of
these courses of action w ill protect residents who live downstream from the
plant. Given the level of development along the creek, why is the proper
course of action not to disallow any discharge into Barber Creek?
5. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the Barrow County plant is
already under construction. Why was that allowed, when no permit has been
I'm trying to locate a place for all of us to meet in the first week of
May to discuss these and other issues facing Barber Creek.
3/14/06 At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14,
Oconee County held a public meeting in the Oconee County Civic Center at
2661 Hog Mountain Road to discuss expansion of the Rocky Branch Water
Reclamation Facility and the discharge of treated wastewater into Barber
Creek. See the presentation document in our
1/23/06 FOBC was formed effective
January 23, 2006.