On Jan. 10, the City of Winder announced its water withdrawal permit had been modified to allow the city access to 1,200 acre feet of water in emergency conditions. In exchange for the increased access, the city will assist Fort Yargo with several enhancement projects including updating both boat ramps, the courtesy dock at area B, two fishing docks and the beach and boat rental area.
“We are excited at the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with Fort Yargo State Park.” said Mayor David Maynard in a released statement. “Not only will this new agreement establish over 390 million gallons of water storage for our citizens and the customers of our water system in Winder and Barrow County, but we also have the opportunity to partner with the parks and complete several enhancement projects within the park that citizens will be able to enjoy as well.”
The agreement will add 391 million gallons of raw water storage capacity -- the equivalent of 90 days of storage which officials say will provide a much higher level of drought protection and emergency preparedness for water customers within the City of Winder and Barrow County.