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Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority:

Board Profile: The Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority was created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1994 and consists of four counties: Barrow, Athens-Clarke, Jackson, and Oconee. This Authority is authorized to secure governmental permits, licenses, and approvals for the design, financing, acquisition, and construction of reservoirs and related improvements. In return, the Authority is obligated to deliver an allocation of water supply to each member based on population ratios and water consumer count at the time the legislation was enacted. The Bear Creek Reservoir was completed in 2002, includes 505 acres, and contains about five billion gallons of water. An on-site water treatment plant, with a current capacity of 21 MGD, provides treated water to Barrow, Jackson, and Oconee counties and raw water to Athens-Clarke County.

Pat Graham, Chairman
678-300-5367
Term is concurrent to term of office
Appointing Authority: Virtue of Position (Chairman of Board of County Commissioners)

Joe Goodman, Commissioner, Alternate for the full vote member
770-883-5609
Appointing Authority: Board of County Commissioners, Chairman

Mike Renshaw, County Manager, Proportional vote member
770-867-8982
Appointing Authority: Board of County Commissioners, Chairman

Sam Mark, Senior Utility Manager, Alternate for the proportional vote member
770-307-3014
Appointing Authority: Board of County Commissioners, Chairman

Qualification of Members: members may be elected or appointed officials who have an interest in water resources, planning, and management.

Meeting Schedule: Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday in Jan. March, May, July, September, and November at 9:30 a.m. at the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission Office, 305 Research Dr. in Athens. Additional meetings may be held as deemed necessary. Contact: Mott Beck, NEGRC Executive Assistant, at 706-369-5650