A private developer in northwest Georgia is shopping its reservoir project to communities. Local officials are greeting the proposal with caution.Georgia Reservoir Company wants to dam Calhoun Creek to create a lake in Lumpkin and Dawson counties that can provide up to 47 million gallons of water a day.
A private developer has pitched the Calhoun Creek reservoir in north Georgia to meet the future water needs of Forsyth County. The major pitching point has been around the water demand should a federal ruling stand and the state lose its rights to Lake Lanier.
A bill in the state Senate would make it easier for private companies to invest money in river infrastructure. State Sen. Ross Tolleson (R-Perry) is sponsoring the measure because he says local officials need flexibility in getting financing for reservoirs. He says the bill is aimed at new water infrastructure and not the Savannah harbor deepening project, for which state officials are urgently seeking funds.