Franklin County Says No to Supporting the Broad River Watershed Association

October 1, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


Franklin County’s Board of Commissioners is saying no to approving a resolution that would support the Broad River Watershed Association and its plan to put in a water trail.

The Broad River Water Trail (BRWT) currently runs from the Hudson River and Middle Fork Broad River in the Northern End of the Watershed to Bobby Brown State Park.

Last month, the board heard from association representative Nancy Freeman who explained the importance of the river trail to local economies.

Freeman did not ask for any funding for the project, but at their work session, Franklin County Commissioner Clint Harper expressed concern that might happen eventually.

“I don’t see that this would be beneficial for the county,” Harper said. “I just see a lot of potential liability for the county, and I know from past experience, that this would end up costing the county money.”

Commissioner Jeff Jacques agreed and said he had concerned about the group itself.

“Number one I have concerns about the entity itself; about its function, about its charter,” Jacques said. “I think it would be prudent not to pursue any money on legal fees to spend time modifying this document. This looks like it would be opening the door for them to come to the county later and start asking for funding.”

Counties within the Watershed include: Elbert, Hart, Franklin, as well as Athens-Clarke, Jackson, Habersham, Stephens, Banks, Madison, Oglethorpe, and Wilkes and Lincoln Counties.