Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority

Meetings

  • 9:30 am
  • 4th Wednesdays in January March, May, July, September, and November, additional meetings may be held as deemed necessary
  • Northeast Georgia Regional Commission Office
    305 Research Drive
    Athens, GA 30605
  • Email Mott Beck, NEGRC Executive Assistant, or call 706-369-5650

Members

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

  • Pat Graham, Chairman, Appointing Authority: Virtue of Position (Chairman of Board of County Commissioners)
    Term Expires: Concurrent to term of office
  • Joe Goodman, Commissioner, Alternate for the full vote member, Appointing Authority: Board of County Commissioners, Chairman
  • Kevin Little, County Manager, Proportional vote member, Appointing Authority: Board of County Commissioners, Chairman
  • Chris Yancey, Public Works Director, Alternate for the proportional vote member, Appointing Authority: Board of County Commissioners, Chairman

Overview

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.