As Development Transforms the Hill Country, a Sand Mining Operation Worries Residents
A local dispute over a company’s proposal to dredge 900,000 tons of river sand is the latest sign of rampant growth in the Hill Country.

Texas Observer
July 18, 2018

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……The sleepy town of Sunrise Beach Village and its neighbors in southern Llano County are now feeling the pinch of that unplanned growth. Collier Materials, a sand mining company that supplies the construction industry, has proposed digging up 900,000 tons of sand per year from Sandy Creek to produce concrete that may ultimately be used to pave over more of the Hill Country. The creek drains into Lake Lyndon B. Johnson on the Colorado River and is mostly untouched by development.

“It’ll affect everything about our way of life.”
Sand mining can have detrimental effects on the ecological habitat of a river, killing fish populations and rare mussel species…..

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