Texas Parks & Wildlife halts planned Sandy Creek dredging operation

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.

The proposed project would have removed tons of sand from the creek bed with the plan to transform the raw sand utilizing sifting equipment and recycled water into road, concrete and other construction materials.

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