There is one thing that every thriving civilization needs to survive, and that is water.
That is why it is good news to see the state of Georgia offer Newton County a $21 million loan at a very affordable rate to jump start the Bear Creek Reservoir project.
The 1,242-acre Bear Creek Reservoir project has been worked on by county officials since 1999.
County Attorney Tommy Craig, who has great experience shepherding reservoirs through the permit process, said that we were on the final leg of a journey.
According to calculations, the reservoir is expected to provide enough water for both 400,000 residents and future industries, which will be attracted to the county because of the adequate water supply that will be at their use.
County commissioners still have to put their final stamp of approval on the Bear Creek project. Kathy Morgan, chair of the commissioners, said that although the state’s offer seems very attractive, the devil is in the details, and commissioners will have to review the proposal.
The development and construction of the Bear Creek Reservoir is another plus for Newton and another good sign that the county is on its way out of the economic morass that has stymied our positive growth for the past four years.