Members of Save Lake LBJ and their supporters are chartering a bus to the Lower Colorado River Authority board meeting Nov. 17 to protest commercial dredging in the Highland Lakes. File photo
In a last-ditch effort to oppose commercial dredging in the Highland Lakes, Save Lake LBJ is chartering a bus to take residents to the Lower Colorado River Authority’s Nov. 17 board meeting. During the meeting, which is 9:15 a.m. at LCRA headquarters, 3700 Lake Austin Blvd. in Austin, board members will vote on whether to adopt an ordinance that allows commercial dredging across the area.
The bus is scheduled to leave at 7 a.m. that day from the Marble Falls Walmart parking lot, 2700 U.S. 281. Seats are $25 per person. To reserve one, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Save Lake LBJ representative Taylor Delz at 325-423-4073.
Those traveling to the meeting are encouraged to wear solid white shirts to show unity in protest.
Save Lake LBJ is an anti-dredging group that wants to preserve the lakes and local wildlife by preventing industrialization. It organized last year after Collier Materials announced plans to establish a sand dredging plant just west of the RM 2900 bridge and adjacent to the Comanche Rancheria subdivision in Kingsland. The application approval was delayed by the LCRA because the entity had no ordinance for commercial operations.
Now, the LCRA board plans to vote on the Highland Lakes Dredge and Fill ordinance, a document establishing permit guidelines for three tiers of dredging activity. Tier III, which specifically addresses commercial dredging, is the portion Save Lake LBJ opposes.
“We want them to eliminate Tier III altogether because we don’t want commercial permits at all,” said Sharon Moore, a Save Lake LBJ group member. “The last chance we have to speak our mind about it is the Nov. 17 board meeting. We felt like we really needed to make a show and get as many people as we could to go.”