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Construction Company Owner Wants to Dredge a Portion of Sandy Creek

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Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at: tomdoglover29@aol.com





Construction company owner Steve Nash believes striking a deal with Collier Materials to dredge a portion of Sandy Creek on his property will prove beneficial and should dispel any concerns by area residents against the proposed operation.


Nash is working with Collier Materials to acquire an air quality permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to launch the operation on his land adjacent to Sunrise Beach just off Texas 71 in Llano County.


The long-term plan involves erecting a so-called “vertical impact crusher” for on-site processing of the material extracted from the creek bed and potentially shipped in from other Collier sites.


“We remove (the sand). We wash it. We clean it,” Nash said. “Sand is a much-needed natural resource that left unchecked can be a silting issue in the lake.”


Retiree Wallace Klussmann, who worked for Texas A&M University’s fisheries department, is reported as saying that he has seen Sandy Creek at flood stage. That amount of (dredging) disturbance to Sandy Creek, the amount of turbidity (silt) going into the lake, will be considerable. An environmental study needs to be done by a reputable company to determine what kind of impact that disturbance is going to have.


He said at issue is primarily the habitat at the mouth of the creek where it empties into Lake LBJ in the Sunrise Beach area.


He believes the outcome could have a negative ripple effect on the rest of the lake’s habitat. He states that at least a year long stody is needed.


 


 




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