PLEASE HELP SAVE RANCHES, WATER, WILDLIFE, PROPERTY VALUES, AND LIVES ON HWY 71
A major tributary to the Llano River and Lake LBJ, Sandy Creek is unmistakable if you drive Highway 71 to Sunrise Beach, Llano, or Enchanted Rock from the East, or Horseshoe Bay, Marble Falls, and beyond from the West. A very wide, pristine sandy creek, often dotted with cattle or wildlife, it's crossed by a long stretch of two-lane bridge with a highway sign bearing its name. Its waters are among the purest in the Hill Country, and it bears some of the oldest exposed stone in North America. Sandy Creek meant everything to the Native Americans, to the early settlers, and now to the folks who live along it today.
Generations of ranchers have relied upon Sandy Creek for water to maintain cattle and homesteads. Homeowners throughout the area--seasonal, weekend and full-time--know this will destroy property values and impact their quality of life. Hunters and bird-watchers will see declining populations as the water disappears. The tourism industry will suffer. Finally, the potential for serious accidents will rise dramatically due to the projected 40-plus fully-loaded (and 40-plus empty) tractor-trailer trips per day on Highway 71. (Note that the application as presented to the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality allows for many more truck trips than current projections.)
We are an organization of ranchers, neighbors, hunters, friends, and fans of Sandy Creek--and users of Highway 71--who are deeply concerned about the damage that our water reserves, highways, tourism industry, businesses, ecosystem and lifestyle will suffer if the proposed Collier Materials sand and rock crushing plant is put into operation in Sandy Creek. We pledge to do everything we can legally and ethically to stop this project before it starts.
MARBLE FALLS — Water inflows so far this year from the Highland Lakes watershed into lakes Buchanan, Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls, Travis, and Austin have been just 12.3 percent of historic averages.
July’s inflows, only 1,726 acre-feet of water, were 2 percent of historic July averages. One acre-foot of water is equal to the amount of water in one acre of water at a depth of one foot, or 325,851 gallons.
The Lower Colorado River Authority has published a page on its website, lcra.org/riverforourregion, to highlight water issues in the Highland Lakes.
The area has gone through a dry period from 2008 to 2015 that recorded just 42.6 percent of average yearly inflows from historic averages since 1942. Since 2006, eight of the 12 lowest annual inflow years have occurred. The lowest year for inflows was 2011 with just 127,802 acre-feet recorded.
Excerpts from the Marble Falls Daily Tribune, August 29, 2018
The photograph to the left is a combination of two photographs from Google Earth Pro. The two photos are of the exact same scale. The photo of the FM 1980 Collier Sand Works shows what is believed to be a similar operation as to what is proposed in Sandy Creek, although the applications submitted for the work to date do not give precise information as to size of the operation. Later applications may specify with more accuracy but for now this is the best information available. IF later applications are filed with more equipment this composite will be changed to reflect that.
The photograph above does not show the size of the sand mining that will occur in the creek itself or the large mining or truck equipment needed to remove the sand. Steve Nash does not have a lease with any of the land owners adjacent to the location of the mine. Trucks will have to traverse the length of the creek shown here to get to Mr. Nash’s land near the Hwy 71 bridge where it can move from the creek to the sand processing equipment.
Additional photographs here show (above) the sand handling equipment that Collier first said would be moved here in the Spring, and (left) the two waste water pits on the Collier site currently along the Llano river.
These photographs were prepared by Larry Black, a lawyer for many of the landowners most affected by the proposed industrialization of Sandy Creek.
On Thursday August 16, a presentation by Save Sandy Creek was held at the Sunrise Beach Community Center. The focus of the presentation was to explain how we can work together to assist our neighbors at the mouth of Sandy Creek that need to have sand removed from their waterfront, without the industrialization of Sandy Creek. It was a full house and the audience was engaged. We had numerous elected officials and their representatives in attendance. Several stated that they had gained new information that they were unaware of.
Another image of the August 16 meeting. >
If your organization would like to have representatives from Save Sandy Creek make a presentation at your next meeting, please email us at email@example.com.
On July 30 2018, members of Save Sandy Creek meet with Congressman Mike Conaway at the Congressman's Town Hall meeting at the Llano Library. L-R: Fermin Ortiz, Congressman Mike Conaway, Jennifer Ortiz, Binky Morgan, Patsy Wiley, Henry Tate, Dave Oswald, John Wiley, Winnie Tate-Morgan
On July 31 2018, Fermin Ortiz, representing Save Sandy Creek, met with our State Representative Andrew Murr in the family ranch house. Fermin was pointing out the area that state agencies have a vested interest and responsibility in protecting from flooding. Fermin was explaining that the residents at the mouth of Sandy Creek can be protected without the industrialization of Sandy Creek. Representative Murr was very interested in pursuing a long term solution.
Please take a moment to read this. It is an evaluation by a State Certified Professional Road Engineer regarding the traffic implications and solutions resulting from the proposed industrialization of Sandy Creek.
This letter was submitted to TCEQ by Kingsland attorney Larry Black, who represents several families with properties adjacent to the proposed sand mine.
In a vote held Monday July 9, the Llano County Commissioners Court voted to OFFICIALLY OPPOSE the Collier Materials Plant Proposal.
The City Council of the City of Sunrise Beach Village voted unanimously to OPPOSE the Rock Crusher and Sand & Gravel Plant proposed by Collier Materials Inc. at Sandy Creek in Llano County.
The July 13 edition of the Austin Chronicle features a piece on Save Sandy Creek!
The Texas Observer posted this story on July 18!
Even if you have previously submitted a comment in opposition or have signed a petition, treat this like a RESTART BUTTON. We do not want the TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY to think opposition has gone away. Please get back on the TCEQ website, enter PERMIT NUMBER 152092L001, and state that you are "OPPOSED TO THE INDUSTRIALIZATION OF SANDY CREEK." It does not have to be a long or eloquent statement; we just need more numbers to keep fighting for Sandy Creek. Please do it NOW while you are thinking of it! Thank you!!
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