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4-26-06 Friends of Barber Creek concerned about Oconee & Barrow Sewer Effluent plans

Friends of Barber Creek 2-11-06 ….. 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?

…. We now have a web site for Friends of Barber Creek. Please check out www.barbercreek.org

AVOC

 

April 25, 2006

 

Friends of Barber Creek concerned about Oconee & Barrow Sewer Effluent

 

By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

 

Oconee County has a sophisticated citizenry that is challenging actions and decisions of local governments.   Another Citizens Group, Friends of Barber Creek, has organized.  It is providing some very good information and critique of plans in Oconee and Barrow for discharging effluent into Barber Creek.

 

It is good to see skilled and informed persons organizing and taking an interest in our community.

 

Friends of Barber Creek have scheduled a public meeting for May 4, 2006, at 7:00 P. M. at the Oconee County Library in Watkinsville.  Citizens are urged to attend.

 

SEE:

3-17-06 Oconee heeding right advice on sewer (and water) issues?

6-1-05 Barrow Citizens Organizing and Challenging BOC Procedure

9-9-05 Citizens for Oconee’s Future Report on BOC Meeting of 9-6-05

9-1-05 Citizens Groups Are Vigilant and Informative on BOC Meetings

3-24-06 Citizen Power – Zoning-Planning- Good Trends in Oconee & Clarke Counties

PLEA FOR “SAVING” SOUTH OCONEE COUNTY


FriendsBarberCreek.4.25.06

 

Citizens for Oconee's Future, Inc.
P. O. Box 1301
Watkinsville, GA 30677

 

April 25, 2006

 

RE: Friends of Barber Creek Meeting Notice

 

From: Charles Baugh, President

 

Following is the text of a message from Lee Becker with specifics on the upcoming meeting.  Folks living along this creek are about to feel the impact of this Board of Commissioner's development policies up close and personal.  Eventually all who live in Oconee will feel the impact of policies that value development to attract more people to the county  at the expense of those who live here now.  Even if you do not live near Barber Creek  you should be concerned about this.  It is just a matter of time before we are all directly impacted.

  


Friends of Barber Creek. Website

http://www.barbercreek.org/barbercreek/what.html

 

Friends of Barber Creek

1031 Willow Ridge
Athens, GA  30606

www.barbercreek.org

 

April 25, 2006

Barrow and Oconee Plans for Barber Creek Sewer Effluent Discharge

By Lee Becker, President

I have reserved the large room (auditorium) at the Oconee County Library from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, for the first official meeting of the a new group called Friends of Barber Creek.

 

At that meeting, we will:

 

1. Discuss our strategy for the public hearing to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, in Winder on the request for a permit by the Barrow County Board of Commissioners to begin dumping treated waste water into Barber Creek.

 

2. Review the recently released storm water plans for Oconee County. Storm water management is crucial to help alleviate the frequent flooding and erosion of Barber Creek.

 

3. Discuss the Oconee County plans for a permit to begin dumping treated waste water into Barber Creek.

 

Oconee County residents received in recent weeks the County Utility Department Spring 2006 newsletter, called The Reservoir. On page 3 is an article about the planned expansion of the Rocky Branch waste treatment facility. The article makes no mention of the fact that the expansion will require the dumping of treated waste water into Barber Creek. In fact, the article suggests that the expanded plant will make use of the existing Land Application Site. This is not the case.

 

This is typical of the way the County has released information about its plans for Barber Creek. It is why our meeting on May 4 is so important.

 

Please plan to attend and bring along friends and neighbors who are interested in learning how to help protect Barber Creek. If you want additional information on Friends of Barber Creek in advance, go to www.barbercreek.org.


Barber Creek.Becker.4.12.06

 

Citizens for Oconee's Future, Inc.
P. O. Box 1301
Watkinsville, GA 30677

http://www.oconeesfuture.com/index.html

OconeesFuture@aol.com

 

April 11, 2006

 

Information on Barrow County Sewer Plans for Barber Creek

 

Charles Baugh, President

 

Following is the text of an e mail from Lee Becker, Friends of Barber Creek with details of the issues to be raised at the hearing on the Barrow County proposal to dump treated sewer water into Barber Creek.  Looks like Oconee and Barrow will turn little Barber Creek into a river of treated sewer water.  Despite all the promises, citizens who live along or near this creek should be very concerned. 


 

Friends of Barber Creek

1031 Willow Ridge
Athens, GA  30606

www.barbercreek.org

 

April 11, 2006

 

Barrow County Sewer Plans for Barber Creek

 

From Lee Becker, President

 

Dear Friends:

 

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 additional 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 will 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 issued?

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.

We now have a web site for Friends of Barber Creek. Please check out www.barbercreek.org and let Eleanor Cotton, our webmaster, know of any additional links, pictures or other materials that could be displayed there.

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4-25-06 Oconee County plans threaten  Barber Creek

 

The Athens Banner-Herald

http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/042506/letters_20060425021.shtml

 

April 25, 2006                    LETTERS

 

County plans threaten Oconee's Barber Creek

 

The Oconee County Utility Department sent county residents its glossy newsletter, The Reservoir, a few weeks ago informing them about the planned upgrade of the Rocky Branch waste treatment facility.

The newsletter proudly announced that the county is seeking "an expansion at the Rocky Branch Land Application site." The newsletter contained a pretty picture of a spray field and explained how the land application system works.

Despite what the newsletter suggests, the county is not planning to expand the land application system pictured in the newsletter, but rather to expand the amount of sewage treated at Rocky Branch and to start dumping the increased volume of treated wastewater into Barber Creek.

Barber Creek winds through many subdivisions in the county and is used as part of amenity areas in many of them. The county newsletter story on Rocky Branch did not mention Barber Creek at all.

County residents who have been following the county's permitting process probably were not surprised. The county has not been anxious to publicize what it plans to do to Barber Creek.

A group of citizens interested in learning as much as possible about county plans for Barber Creek, and making that information available to county residents, will meet at 7 p.m. May 4 at the Oconee County Library. We're Friends of Barber Creek. If you would like to see the creek protected, please join us.

 


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