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Ellijay, GA

Who is blocking the deployment of broadband high speed in...

The answer is Amicalola EMC and Georgia Power. https://www.facebo ok.com/frank.gilke son/posts/10204181 477039876  (Jul 4, 2014 | post #1)

Cumming, GA

Opposed to dam/reservoir on Calhoun Creek, Etowah River, ...

Scott Cole of Georgia Reservoir Company and the City of Dawsonville have teamed up to ask for $20 million in direct state investment to buy land to build the reservoir on the Lumpkin Dawson County line. The full proposal is here: www.ccrw.info.  (May 31, 2013 | post #2)

Dawsonville, GA

City of Dawsonville Plan to build Calhoun Creek Reservoir

Continued: How your Project will or will not augment water supply storage and/or supply in relation to one of the State's 14 major River Basins. The proposed Calhoun Creek Regional Reservoir project will draw water from both the Etowah River in the ACT and the Chestatee River in the ACF. All of the water withdrawn will be stored in the proposed reservoir and will be available for release into either the Etowah Basin or the Chattahoochee Basin depending upon the demand for water in each basin. How your proposed project could assist with supplying water to service areas adjacent to your own. Describe the efforts to involve the joining water providers in planning, building, and financing your Project. The proposed Project assists in meeting water demand in both the Etowah and the Chattahoochee Basin Watersheds. On a local/regional level, it provides the ability to meet water demand in both the Etowah and the Chattahoochee Basins. Dawsonville has discussed the project with representatives from Dawson County and various governmental entities in Lumpkin County. Prior to Dawsonville's involvement, the Project was discussed with both Forsyth County and Fulton County for consideration. CONCLUSION In summary, the location of the proposed Calhoun Creek Regional Reservoir, originally proposed for a 1,400-unit subdivision, provides the unique ability to store over 10 billion gallons of storage, and assist in managing local and regional interbasin transfer concerns, while in a small watershed with minimal environmental impacts. Nevertheless, the location is a resource that can be gone in the blink of an eye when the real estate market returns. Dawsonville seeks Direct State Investment funding to purchase a majority of the land needed to preserve the opportunity until it seeks the appropriate state and federal permits.  (May 12, 2013 | post #3)

Dawsonville, GA

City of Dawsonville Plan to build Calhoun Creek Reservoir

Continued: Next, the Calhoun Creek Regional Reservoir project is located near both the Etowah River, approximately one mile downstream of the dam site, and the Chestatee River, in the Chattahoochee River Basin, approximately 3.5 miles from the dam. Dawsonville proposes to withdraw water from both sources to maximize the reservoir's reliable safe yield. Adhering to Georgia's instream flow criteria, while fairly utilizing both sources, the Project is calculated to yield 47.5 million gallons a day, every day. Finally, besides drawing water from both the Etowah and Chestatee Rivers, the Project's location enables Dawsonville to release water into both the Etowah and Chestatee Rivers. Accordingly, the reservoir's location provides a means to manage flows into, out of, and between the ACT Basin, the Etowah River, and the ACF Basin, the Chattahoochee River on a local or regional. While this raises the issue of interbasin transfers, the reservoir's location provides the ability to divert and store Chattahoochee Basin water for later use in the Chattahoochee Basin, eventhough it is stored in the Etowah Basin. How the Project is Innovative The Project is innovative in that it provides a local and regional solution to issues caused by the multiple watersheds running through Georgia's populated areas. The project has the ability to provide 47.5 mgd of water to meet residential, commercial and industrial water demands in the Chattahoochee and Etowah Basins, and/or the ability to provide up to 47.5 mgd of water to boost flows in either the Etowah or Chattahoochee Basins. How the Cost of the Project Compares to Judicial Approaches of New Water Supply The estimated cost for the Calhoun Creek Regional Reservoir Project is $182,000,000, including full implementation of the intakes on both the Etowah and Chestatee Basins. At that estimated cost, the project will yield 47.5 mgd of water for an estimated cost of $3.83 per gallon of storage. This compares favorably to other regional reservoirs that cost between $2.50 and $5.00 per gallon of storage. Whether this individual approach can be replicated or is being replicated, in other places in the State or within a given region. The Project sponsors have not done an exhaustive search of other systems to determine if others are using the dual basin approach elsewhere in the State or nationally. However, the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA) provides treated water to wholesale customers in both the Chattahoochee and the Etowah Basins. It pulls from both Lake Allatoona and the Chattahoochee River. CCMWA considers balancing withdrawals with demand in each of the basins its operates. How easily this approach can meet all of the relevant regulatory requirements including permitting (Federal and State, if both apply). The proposed Calhoun Creek Regional Reservoir appears to be a project that can successfully obtain all of the federal and state permits required for its construction. On a federal level, Calhoun Creek's small watershed minimizes impacts due to constructing the dam on fauna upstream of the reservoir because there is so little area upstream of the reservoir. Likewise, because endangered species are prevalent throughout the Etowah Basin, minimization of impacts to protect its species will be an issue, but because the Project is in a small watershed, its location minimizes those issues. Further, both federal and state permitting processes require, if a reservoir is constructed, the sponsors should utilize it to the maximum extent practical. Using both the Etowah and Chestatee Rivers as source water for the storage reservoir does that. Finally, while the proposed intake on the Chestatee River upstream of Lake Lanier is a complicating factor, the tremendous amount of consulting work already being done within the Lake Lanier basin provides a baseline which Dawsonville can use to reduce impacts to Lake Lanier.  (May 12, 2013 | post #2)

Dawsonville, GA

City of Dawsonville Plan to build Calhoun Creek Reservoir

Scott Cole has put his cards upon the table. From the Cover Letter to the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority: "The proposed Calhoun Creek Regional Reservoir, located in Dawsonville and Lumpkin County, provides a unique opportunity to supply the region with 47.5 mgd of water during times of drought. Its proximity to both the Etowah River and Chestatee River permit it to draw water from one or both during time a higher flows. The same proximity allows releases from the reservoir to be directed to either the Etowah or Chattahoochee basin as demands require. Use of the Direct State Investment funds will permit Dawsonville to negotiate with public and private partners without concern the land will be subdivided to the extend the project become unattainable. " From the Project Description: Water supply in North Georgia is a critical concern. The population in Georgia is expected to increase over 50% in the next 30 years, from approximately 10 million people in 2012 to over 15 million people in 2040. The geology of North Georgia, underlain by a layer of granite, i.e. Stone Mountain, limits the availability of ground water resources. Therefore, as the population continues to grow, we can expect North Georgia to continue to rely on existing and new water supply reservoirs. The proposed Calhoun Creek Regional Reservoir is a water storage reservoir on Calhoun Creek located about one mile upstream of its confluence with the Etowah River. The proposed 590-acre reservoir lies in the City of Dawsonville, Dawson County, and Lumpkin County. The reservoir will store approximately 10.6 billion gallons of water at its full pool elevation of 1,350 feet msl, the equivalent of raising Lake Lanier by one foot. Besides its storage capacity, the location of the proposed reservoir provides advantages rarely found at other reservoir sites: First, the 10.6-billion gallon storage reservoir IS m a very small watershed. The watershed at the dam is only 3.5 square miles. This minimizes the isolation of aquatic species in the upstream reaches of the watershed, because there is no significant watershed upstream of the lake. This also means upstream activities are unlikely to affect the quality of water in the reservoir. Further, the city will not have the issues adopting the stream corridor protection buffers required on all blue-line streams upstream of a water supply reservoir. Because the required buffers are so small, the city proposes to purchase all of the stream buffers outright. Second, the reservoir is in a part of Dawsonville and Lumpkin County sparsely populated; the reservoir may only affect two homes. However, this is likely to change without intervention. Before the real estate market collapsed, there was a proposal to divide the property into 1,400-lot community. This is the primary reason the city seeks Direct State Investment to purchase a majority of the land. It preserves the opportunity.  (May 12, 2013 | post #1)

Ellijay, GA

What is Doug Collins (GA9 US House) doing?

Please Email DOUG COLLINS (US House GA9) and ask him what his position is on gun control. Especially ask him if he supports UNIVERSAL BAKGROUND CHECKS to keep guns out of the wrong hands. And ask him if he supports renewing a BAN ON MILITARY-STYLE ASSAULT WEAPONS and high-capacity magazines. You can easily contact Representative Collins at: https://dougcollin s.house.gov/contac t/email-me What President Obama said about gun control today. To see the full text, go to http://www.washing tonpost.com/politi cs/obama-unveils-g un-control-proposa ls/2013/01/16/58cd 70ce-5fed-11e2-994 0-6fc488f3fecd_sto ry.html "Like most Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. I respect our strong tradition of gun ownership and the rights of hunters and sportsmen. There are millions of responsible, law-abiding gun owners in America who cherish their right to bear arms for hunting or sport or protection or collection." "This will be difficult. There will be pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical all- out assault on liberty, not because that’s true, but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves. And behind the scenes, they’ll do everything they can to block any commonsense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever." "We have to examine ourselves in our hearts, and ask yourselves what is important? This will not happen, unless the American people demand it. If parents and teachers, police officers, and pastors, if hunters and sportsman, if responsible gun owners, if Americans of every background stand up and say, enough. We’ve suffered too much pain, and care too much about our children to allow this to continue, then change will -- change will come." "The most important changes we can make, depend on congressional action. They need to bring these proposals up for a vote, and the American people need to make sure that they do. Get them on record. Ask your member of Congress if they support universal background checks to keep guns out of the wrong hands. Ask them if they support renewing a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines." "And if they say no, ask them why not? Ask them what’s more important? Doing whatever it takes to get a -- an A grade from the gun lobby that funds their campaigns? Or, giving parents some piece of mind when they drop their child off to first grade?" "This is the land of the free, and it always will be. As Americans we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights that no man or government can take away from us. But we’ve also long recognized, as our founders recognized, that with rights come responsibilities. "  (Jan 16, 2013 | post #22)

Blue Ridge, GA

What is Doug Collins (GA9 US House) doing?

What Rep. Collinss voted for here was only the replenish the funds for the federal flood insurance program (ignoring the pork which is in almost all legislation). In essence Rep. Collins voted to NOT FUND FLOOD INSURANCE. What will happen the next time Georgia is hit by tornadoes. I expect Rep. Collino to refuse to fund Georgia tornado relief from the federal government. We will see what he really does.  (Jan 8, 2013 | post #3)

Blairsville, GA

What is Doug Collins (GA9 US House) doing?

Would that be all government or just federal, state or local government or schools or special authorities. Who will keep us safe from the terorists if we have no government. Who will build the roads, put out the fires and protect us from criminals? Every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost?  (Jan 7, 2013 | post #13)

Ellijay, GA

What is Doug Collins (GA9 US House) doing?

ido, folks can usually afford homeowners insurance. Indeed, they are required to buy this insurance if they have a mortgage. If they live in a flood plain and they have a mortage, the mortgage holder will require flood insurance. Private insuranace won't supply flood insurance at rates many people can afford and many of these people have lived where they are all their lives. Their forebears have lived there as well. What are these folks to do? They cannot afford to move. They should throw themselves on the mercy of local charities and churches?  (Jan 7, 2013 | post #14)

Ellijay, GA

What is Doug Collins (GA9 US House) doing?

Ido, you are comparing attorneys and physicans ability to buy insurance to protect their jobs with just an ordinarly joes ability to protect their living situation, or home from an unexpected disaster. Not the same thing at all.  (Jan 7, 2013 | post #12)

Blairsville, GA

What is Doug Collins (GA9 US House) doing?

Here is a list of FEMA Disaster Declarations for Georgia from 1953 to 2011. Should FEMA be shut down and Georgia pay for all disaster assistance? http://www.fema.go v/disasters/grid/s tate/48?field_disa ster_type_term_tid _1=All  (Jan 7, 2013 | post #11)

Ellijay, GA

What is Doug Collins (GA9 US House) doing?

The Federal Government provided $15 million for Georgia disaster relief for the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. Here is the record. http://www.fema.go v/news-release/201 1/07/06/almost-15- million-federal-fu nds-approved-georg ia-storms Who says that the Federal government should not have spent this money helping storm victims in Georgia?  (Jan 6, 2013 | post #9)

Ellijay, GA

What is Doug Collins (GA9 US House) doing?

The Hurricane Sandy Relief bill on which Doug Collins voted NO was just to increase the funding for the FEMA Federal Flood Insurance program which is broke. (Ignore the pork for the moment.) Krauthammer said he supported funding federal flood insurance. Doug Collins said NO. I personally think that the Federal government should not subsidize flood insurance. Let the private sector provide flood insurance. But private flood insurance would be unafordable. Let folks who live in flood zones move away if they can't afford private flood insurance. But that will take time and alot of people live where they live because their folks and relatives and friends live there, and have lived there for a long time. In the mean time we should not just yank the rug out from under many folks who are just victimized by where there parents lived.  (Jan 6, 2013 | post #8)