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Collier Materials has applied for a new air quality permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to set up a portable crusher on private property near Sandy Creek just off Texas 71 in Llano County. TCEQ is holding a public meeting on the application at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the John L. Kuykendall Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West in Llano. Courtesy photo

TCEQ public meeting Nov. 13 on proposed air quality permit for Sandy Creek crusher

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is holding a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13, regarding a proposed air quality permit for Collier Materials to set up a portable crusher along Sandy Creek on private property just off Texas 71 and south of RR 2233. (more…)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority lowered Lake LBJ in 2017 so lakeside property owners could remove debris and maintain or repair docks, retaining walls, and other infrastructure. The authority is planning another drawdown of the lake, along with Lake Marble Falls, beginning Dec. 30 so property owners can clean up following historic flooding. File photo

LCRA drawdowns of lakes LBJ and Marble Falls begin Dec. 30

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower lakes LBJ and Marble Falls starting Dec. 30 for about eight weeks to assist lakeside property owners recovering from recent historic flooding along the Colorado and Llano rivers. (more…)

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The Llano River following October flooding. Photo by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

TPWD addresses concerns about fish, aquatic habitat after flood

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM AUSTIN – As the Llano, Colorado, and Pedernales rivers recede following historic flooding, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists are fielding questions concerning the impact on fish populations. (more…)

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Though riparian areas comprise a very small percentage of the total land mass, they play a crucial role in the health of streams and rivers. Landowners don’t always know the best ways to manage those area or aren’t aware of the resources available to them. The Healthy Creeks and Riparian Areas workshop on Saturday, Nov. 3, can help answer questions about these critical areas. The workshop is 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sunrise Beach Civic Center, 124 Sunrise Beach in Sunrise Beach Village. Go to hillcountryalliance.org to register. Courtesy photo

Hill Country Alliance hosting Nov. 3 workshop on management of riparian areas

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The riparian areas, those slices of land alongside creeks and rivers, make up a very small percentage of the total land mass, yet they play a crucial role in the environment and land health. The problem is many landowners with creeks, or even lakes, on or bordering their properties don’t quite know […]

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality scheduled an information meeting 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls, 307 Buena Vista Drive. Residents of a neighboring subdivision of the proposed site of Spicewood Crushed Stone have requested a special election to incorporate the area into a city and have signs posted along Texas 71 to draw attention to the permit application. Staff photo by Jared Fields

TCEQ meeting Oct. 11 in Marble Falls regarding proposed Spicewood rock crusher

FROM STAFF REPORTS An information meeting hosted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will focus on an air quality permit for Spicewood Crushed Stone LLC. (more…)

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Burnet County commissioners accepted a grant to hire an environmental crimes deputy during their regular meeting Sept. 25. Pictured are Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall (left), Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr., Precinct 4 Constable Missy Bindseil, Precinct 2 Commissioner Russell Graeter, Burnet County Judge James Oakley, Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan, Precinct 2 Constable Garry Adams, Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery, and Precinct 1 Constable Leslie Ray. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet County hires environmental crimes deputy; job first of its kind in Texas

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Chris Cowan isn’t just a new hire in Burnet County. Filling the newly created environmental crimes deputy position in Burnet County, he’s the first such officer in the state. (more…)

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Less than a month after a wildfire burned through Inks Lake State Park, this cactus is showing signs of growth in the midst of burned trees and bare earth. Park staff will document the property’s regrowth in the coming months on social media profiles. Staff photo by Jared Fields

New signs of life in charred portions of Inks Lake State Park following July wildfire

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Just over a month after a wildfire at Inks Lake State Park, the public will have a unique opportunity to view what happens to Hill Country terrain as plant life returns to the area. (more…)

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Michael Wright shows his opposition to a planned quarry and rock crusher on 281 acres next to the Double Horn Creek subdivision during a Sept. 8 rally. Wright, who lives in Double Horn Creek, fears the facility would increase the amount of dust and traffic in the area. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Residents rally against planned quarry, rock crusher between Spicewood neighborhoods

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON SPICEWOOD — More than two dozen people braved a potential storm Sept. 8 in an effort to stop a planned quarry and rock crusher being built between the Double Horn Creek and Spicewood Trails subdivisions. (more…)

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This map shows the proposed site of the Spicewood Crushed Stone quarry on Texas 71 in the Spicewood community. According to an information sheet from the company, the quarry is on 281 acres and ‘is strategically positioned to meet the needs of the surrounding community and support the growing economy.’ Courtesy illustration

Two groups plan weekend rally against proposed Spicewood rock crusher and quarry

FROM STAFF REPORTS SPICEWOOD — Opponents of a proposed rock crusher and quarry hoping to dig in between two Spicewood residential communities are holding rallies on Sept. 8-9 at the Double Horn Creek subdivision entrance starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. (more…)

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Recent wildfires across the Highland Lakes this summer, such as the Park Road 4 fire in late July, highlight the need for property owners to prepare for such emergencies. A good place to start is the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise USA program, which ‘teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses.’ The Kingsland Garden Club program on Thursday, Sept. 7, is about Firewise landscaping. The meeting is at 1 p.m. in the Kingsland Branch Library, 125 W. Polk. It’s free to attend and open to the public. Courtesy photo by Robert and Sheryl Yantis

Become ‘firewise’ to protect your home; program is Sept. 7

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — As housing developments and other homes push farther into rural areas, the chances that wildfires could become a serious threat to homes and structures increases. In the past several months, at least five wildfires of 300 acres or more have burned parts of the Highland Lakes with two requiring evacuations […]

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The fate of a waterway dredging operation hangs in the balance as Llano County residents assemble groups to try to defeat a plan for a mining company to remove sand from a portion of Sandy Creek. Courtesy photo

Save Sandy Creek meeting Aug. 16 over ‘sand mine’ concerns

FROM STAFF REPORTS SUNRISE BEACH VILLAGE — Those interested in how a proposed “sand mine” in Sandy Creek will affect the area can attend a public presentation Aug. 16. (more…)

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A wildfire forced the evacuation of Inks Lake State Park and nearby homes on CR 114 to Park Road 4 in Burnet County. Courtesy photo

Burnet County disaster declaration, burn ban remain due to wildfires, dry conditions

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County remains under a Declaration of Disaster and outdoor burn ban as hot, dry conditions continue after two major wildfires. (more…)

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The city of Llano on Aug. 4 announced Stage 5 water restrictions, the final step in its Drought Contingency Plan. File photo

UPDATE: Llano modifies Stage 5 restrictions to allow sprinkler system use one day per week

  UPDATE: As of Aug. 7, the city of Llano modified its Stage 5 restrictions to allow residents to irrigate with sprinkler systems or hose-end sprinklers once per week on designated watering day from 7-10 p.m. Filling or refilling of any pools and/or hot tubs is allowed in lieu of landscape irrigation. Also, water rate […]

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The Smith West Fire in northern Blanco County and southern Llano County has had a devastating effect on vegetation. Firefighters and emergency workers worked around the clock to get the fire under control. Courtesy photo

Crews make progress in two wildfires but worry weather will worsen conditions

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Fire crews are still fighting two wildfires that have burned about 1,800 acres in Llano and Blanco counties, but they’ve made progress in battling the two separate blazes. (more…)

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An environmental group critical of a planned Sandy Creek dredging operation has offered development recommendations to government leaders and private companies in charge of decisions about granting permits. Photo courtesy of Collier Materials

Environmental group offers ‘good neighbor’ suggestions for mining operations

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SUNRISE BEACH VILLAGE — Environmental groups and government entities have drafted resolutions and proposed stricter oversight on the burgeoning mining industry as planned dredging operations await word about permits from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. (more…)

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A proposed rock crusher and quarry operation south of the Texas 71 and U.S. 281 intersection drew protests from residents. A lawsuit filed by the city of Marble Falls, two property owners, and a residential development challenged the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s permitting process. A recent opinon by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was in favor of TCEQ, but the plaintiffs said they’ll keep pressing legal action. File photo

Mining opponents vow to continue lawsuit after AG opinion favors TCEQ permit process

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — Opponents of a planned rock crushing facility south of Marble Falls vowed May 17 to continue with a lawsuit aimed at halting mining operations, despite the Texas attorney general’s defense of the state’s permitting process. (more…)

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Llano County is under a burn ban, which only prohibits aerial fireworks. However, officials worry residents will light permissible fireworks to celebrate San Jacinto Day on April 21, despite the dry conditions and fire danger.

Officials: Before you light fireworks on San Jacinto Day, pay heed to dry conditions

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Since state lawmakers added more days to the calendar for fireworks sales and use, the upcoming San Jacinto Day celebration April 21 has some public safety officials concerned about careless revelers. (more…)

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100-acre brush blaze east of Marble Falls sparks fire danger warning

100-acre brush blaze east of Marble Falls sparks fire danger warning

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY JONESTOWN — A 100-acre brush fire off RR 1431 east of Marble Falls, which resulted in injuries to at least two firefighters, prompted Burnet County officials on April 12 to ask residents not to burn outdoors for the next couple of days due to the fire danger. (more…)

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Texas A&M Forest Service Wildland Urband Interface specialist Jake Gosschalk clears some underbrush March 14 adjacent to the Marble Falls High School auditorium. The forest service crew, along with Marble Falls Fire Rescue and Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department members, created a 30-foot ‘defensible space’ to limit the fuel available for a wildfire. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

‘Defensible spaces’ can protect homes and businesses from wildfires

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — The chain saws ripped through underbrush and cedars as Marble Falls firefighters and Texas A&M Forest Service crews cleared away a swath of overgrown brush, cedar, and vegetation alongside the Marble Falls High School auditorium. (more…)

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PHOTOS: Inks Lake drawdown changes landscape

PHOTOS: Inks Lake drawdown changes landscape

  Inks Lake State Park has a new look courtesy of a Lower Colorado River Authority drawdown. The LCRA lowered the lake in early January by about 8 feet to allow for maintenance, debris removal, and repair work for residents and businesses on Inks Lake. The drawdown is only temporary, so Inks Lake State Park […]

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Burnet County ban on commercial landfills to protect water, resources

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Burnet County commissioners recently approved an order prohibiting commercial landfill operations in unincorporated parts of the county to protect water and ground resources. (more…)

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Billowing smoke coming from Balcones Canyonlands's prescribed burn

Billowing smoke coming from Balcones Canyonlands’s prescribed burn

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET COUNTY — Where there’s smoke, there’s fire on RR 1431 East of Marble Falls, but for good reason, officials said. On Jan. 4, Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crews launched the 2018 prescribed burn season across 134 acres on the refuge’s Beard Lowlands unit. […]

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PEC offering free Christmas tree recycling through Jan. 8

JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative is offering free Christmas tree recycling at its local offices. Bring natural, undecorated trees to the locations below for mulching. (more…)

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The drawdown of Inks Lake will be from Jan. 2-Feb. 13, 2018. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

Inks Lake property owners should pay heed to rules prior to drawdown

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Lower Colorado River Authority officials have asked lakeside property owners to follow a few steps prior to repair and dredging plans during an upcoming Inks Lake drawdown. (more…)

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The drawdown of Inks Lake will be from Jan. 2-Feb. 13, 2018. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

LCRA to lower Inks Lake for repairs, nuisance plant mitigation

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Inks Lake shoreline property owners will have a chance to maintain and repair docks and retaining walls as well as curb the growth of aquatic nuisance plants during an upcoming waterway drawdown, according to a Lower Colorado River Authority news release. (more…)

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Collier Materials in Burnet County has applied for a air quality permit with the state to construct a rock crusher at one of its quarry sites in the Tobyville area. Photo Courtesy http://colliermaterials.com/

Tobyville residents, quarry owner at odds over rock crusher impact

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY TOBYVILLE — Opponents of a proposed rock crusher on a quarry property in the Tobyville area have cited concerns about groundwater quality, truck traffic and dust, while the owner contends he’s a “good neighbor” in a growing industry. Collier Materials is seeking approval of a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality air […]

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