Texas Parks & Wildlife halts planned Sandy Creek dredging operation

Highlander Newspaper

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By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Landowners Steve Nash and Fermin Ortiz agree on one thing. There is a sand and silt issue in Sandy Creek and Lake LBJ; however they disagree adamantly on what to do about it.

“The problem is in the lake. Get it out of the lake,” said Ortiz, whose family owns thousands of acres adjacent to Sandy Creek upstream of Lake LBJ in Llano County.

Nash, a developer also owns land about two-and-a-half miles upstream of the confluence of where the creek feeds into the lake.

Representatives for Collier Materials had consulted with the Lower Colorado River Authority in 2018 and eventually secured an air quality permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality with the aim to launch a Sandy Creek dredging operation on Nash’s property, just off Texas 71……

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Photo by Highlander: Save Sandy Creek Chairman Fermin Ortiz, right, and volunteer Richard Shilling placed native plants in an area of Sandy Creek in March to try to mitigate sand deposits and help restore the eco-system. SSC opposed a planned dredging operation on the waterway which was eventually halted by Texas Parks and Wildlife.