Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority

The Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority, consisting of four counties:  Barrow, Athens-Clarke County, Jackson, and Oconee, was created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1994.  The Authority is authorized to secure governmental permits, licenses, and approval to proceed with 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 and dedicated in 2002 and includes 505 acres and contains approximately five billion gallons of water. Contact Julie Ball, Executive Assistant at the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission at 706-369-5670.


4th Wednesday in January, March, May, July, September, and November at 9:30 a.m. at the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, 305 Research Drive, Athens, GA.  


Tom Crow, Chairman
Term is concurrent to term in office
Appointing Authority:  Virtue of Position (Chairman of Board of Commissioners)

Joey Leslie, Alternate
Appointing Authority:  Board of Commissioners, Chairman

Eric Klerk, Partial Vote
Appointing Authority:  Board of Commissioners, Chairman