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Texas Parks & Wildlife halts planned Sandy Creek dredging operation

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.





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.


Landowners work to “heal” Sandy Creek after flood

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Hill Country Alliance, Save Sandy Creek members and several other volunteers planted grasses, sedges and trees March 2 along Sandy Creek, just off Texas 71 to mitigate future flood issues.





By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

An effort to restore Sandy Creek has taken root in Llano County.

About 25 landowners, conservationists and other volunteers attended the Sandy Creek Riparian Restoration Field Day March 2 on private property (County Road 316) adjacent to Sandy Creek to assess land and put so-called revegetation efforts into practice.

“People like myself and other professionals, we really didn't think about rivers. They were just part of the landscape,” said Steve Nelle, a Natural Resource Conservation Service retiree. “We didn't know anything about how to manage them or take care of them.”

Sponsored by Hill Country Alliance, the Bender family welcomed the volunteers to their property to tour the creek shoreline, plant black willow cuttings and sedges as well as broadcast native seed and transplant muhly grasses.

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