Roadway and forest that will be flooded when the Tired Creek lake project is complete.
(Updated October 2013)
In 2010, Grady County, Georgia secured a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct a 960-acre recreational lake at the confluence of three creeks which combine to form Tired Creek. Tired Creek is a tributary of the Ochlockonee River on which Tall Timbers holds a number of large conservation easements. In April, 2012, a United States District Court in Savannah ruled in favor of Grady County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a suit challenging the federal 404 permit issued by the Corps to Grady County permitting the construction of the fishing lake. The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Georgia River Network and American Rivers. Leon County, Florida had also joined as a plaintiff.
How would this affect the Red Hills?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has raised a number of concerns throughout the permitting process for this project. In April 2010, just prior to the issuance of the 404 permit by the Army Corps of Engineers, the EPA noted that the project had the potential for significant adverse impacts to water quality downstream of the proposed dam. In May 2010, the Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit for Tired Creek. The EPA says it has not retracted its technical arguments or concerns about this project. Grady County’s project manager has steadfastly denied claims that the Tired Creek project will adversely affect downstream resources.
What can you do?
Construction on the 3,000 foot long, 450 foot wide, 65 foot high dam that will contain the proposed Tired Creek Lake began in the summer of 2013. Tall Timbers hopes the project is successful and there are no significant adverse impacts downstream of the proposed dam and lake. We will continue to closely follow progress on dam construction and post updates in this Issue Brief. Tall Timbers will also coordinate with the appropriate local, state, and federal agencies to monitor for adverse downstream impacts associated with this project and take appropriate action if necessary.
For more information
Contact TTLC Planning Coordinator Neil Fleckenstein at 850-893-4153, ext. 335 or e-mail Neil Fleckenstein.
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