On Sept. 28, the Newton Board of Commissioners (BOC) heard a presentation about the Bear Creek Reservoir Project by consultants Necholus Ogden and Dr. Richard Whiteside. Ogden is a retired Corps of Engineers executive and Whiteside is a PhD-level environmental consultant experienced in 404 permitting and mitigation. Their report was largely an overview of previous studies and an assessment of the status of the Bear Creek 404 Application.