Bear Creek Reservoir to get long-awaited boat ramp

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Despite state budget cuts, the long-awaited
Bear Creek Reservoir boat ramp will open this spring.

The four counties that own the reservoir plan to pony up the
money themselves.

Keith Lee, chairman of the reservoir's recreating committee,
says officials are trying to get contractors to begin the work.

Gov. Sonny Perdue cut $125,000 for the project from the state
Department of Natural Resources budget. Lee says the Upper Oconee
Basin Water Authority, which manages the reservoir, agreed to go
forward without state assistance.

Lee says the four counties in the authority - Barrow, Clarke,
Jackson and Oconee - agreed to split the $271,000 price tag.

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