The Covington News - - OPINION -

The New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers re­cently ap­proved a $21 mil­lion state loan to build Bear Creek Reser­voir and the as­so­ci­ated dam.

Work won’t be­gin un­til the reser­voir project gets the needed en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mits, which County At­tor­ney Tommy Craig tells the county are close but still may be a while coming.

In Fri­day’s edi­tion, Ed­i­tor Gabriel Khouli penned the most com­pre­hen­sive look in a while at how much water New­ton County cur­rently has, which will di­rectly af­fect the need for Bear Creek. More in­for­ma­tion is needed, and we’ll con­tinue to report out de­tails in an ef­fort to help an­swer ques­tions be­ing raised in the com­mu­nity about whether a new reser­voir is really needed any­time soon.

While some of the more ad­vanced tech­ni­cal ques­tions will be dif­fi­cult to an­swer con­clu­sively, one thing we know for sure is that man can­not sur­vive with­out water.

En­sur­ing that there will be an abun­dant sup­ply of water for our fu­ture and our chil­dren’s fu­ture should con­tinue to be num­ber a top pri­or­ity for elected and com­mu­nity lead­ers alike.

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