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Lake Buchanan sedimentation survey

Sedimentation surveys on the Highland Lakes a look into the future of water resources

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Nathan Leber is all about finding the dirt on Lake Buchanan and other Texas reservoirs, or, more precisely, the dirt at the bottom. Leber, manager of the TexMesoNet and Hydrosurvey programs for the Texas Water Development Board, is in charge of a crew that’s currently surveying sedimentation in Lake Buchanan. Sedimentation […]

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Inks Lake 2018 wildfire

Protect your home from wildfire with help of free workshop

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON After Bertram Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bobby Huffstuttler and community volunteer Jane Scheidler attended a recent symposium on wildland urban interface fire protection in Austin, the two couldn’t keep it to themselves. “We looked at each other and said, ‘We need to bring something like this to Bertram,’” Scheidler said. And they […]

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Asian tiger mosquito

Mosquito season is here; know the rule of Ds to fight the bite

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON You can slap them, zap them, and cuss them, but mosquitoes are here to stay. And with the abundance of rain in the Highland Lakes this spring, you can almost guarantee it will be a banner year for the pesky biters. (more…)

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South Llano River State Park

Keeping Highland Lakes night skies dark and stars bright

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Tex Toler knows what it’s like when the stars at night are so bright they cast a shadow. On a highway somewhere between Ozona and Fort Stockton, he stood in the West Texas desert with his father and brother to marvel at the naturally lit landscape. (more…)

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists conducted fish surveys during a multi-day sampling trip on the South Llano and Llano rivers. The study was done with the Llano River Watershed Alliance in March to see how fish populations were recovering from the October 2018 flood. Photo courtesy of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

State parks department sees life rebuilding in Llano River

FROM STAFF REPORTS Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials are more optimistic about fish populations in the Llano River after a recent multi-day sampling trip with the Llano River Watershed Alliance. (more…)

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An aerial photo of Sandy Creek between Sandy Harbor and Sunrise Beach Village show how much sand has taken over the riverbed. Residents cut channels on the edges of the riverbed so they can get their boats and other watercraft to deeper water. At one time, the water in this area was about 15 feet deep, Sandy Harbor residents say, and people would waterski and sail boats on it. Courtesy photo

Sandy Harbor sand pile a mountainous problem

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Sandy Harbor residents Soc Gonzalez and Keith Woody stood on the historic bank and looked out at Sandy Creek. The problem was a pile of sand was all there was to look at. (more…)

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The Llano County Democratic Party is hosting a forum Tuesday, March 26, at Quail Point Lodge regarding a proposed sand mine on Sandy Creek. The event is open to those on both sides of issue to discuss their reasons for or against it. The meeting starts at 4 p.m. Courtesy photo

Sandy Creek mine discussion to weigh pros and cons

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Horseshoe Bay Democrats are hosting a discussion on the pros and cons of a proposed sand-mining operation on Sandy Creek at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Quail Point Lodge, 107 Twilight Lane in Horseshoe Bay. (more…)

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Steve Nelle, a natural resource specialist, explained to volunteers gathered March 2 on private property along Sandy Creek how riparian plants can stabilize creek banks and trap sediment. About 25 people attended the Hill Country Alliance’s Sandy Creek Riparian Field Day to learn about restoring riparian zones. Courtesy photo by Tyson Broad

Landowners, volunteers wade into riparian restoration effort

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON While the cooler temperatures March 2 were enough to send some people inside, a number of folks rolled up their sleeves, and pants legs, sowed seeds, and planted vegetation along a stretch of Sandy Creek. (more…)

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Burnet County Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan was hired Oct. 1 and has been busy ever since working illegal dumping cases and educating county residents about environmental laws. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Educating Burnet County residents on environmental laws big task for new deputy

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Chris Cowan followed his GPS to a location where he needed to investigate an environmental crime. The device took him to the wrong spot, but that didn’t matter. (more…)

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Chris Cowan was hired four months ago to handle environmental crimes in Burnet County. He's been so busy with cases that the county is seeking funding for a second officer to help him. Courtesy photo

New county environmental crimes officer swamped by cases

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Just over four months into the job, Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan already is a victim of his own success. (more…)

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Though small individually, the invasive zebra mussels can amass into colonies that take over a shoreline, clog water intakes, damage lakeside structures, and disrupt the natural environment. The best way to protect the upper Highland Lakes is through preventing the spread of the creature. Authorities say ‘clean, drain, and dry’ your boat every time you take it out of the water. Go to texasinvasives.org for more information. Courtesy photo

Share these tips to keep lakes free of invasive zebra mussels

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Lakes LBJ, Buchanan, Inks, and Marble Falls are zebra mussel-free, and city and county officials want to keep it that. (more…)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority has lowered Lake LBJ nearly 4 feet for property owners to perform maintenance. Now, the LCRA has said it will attempt to lower the lake another foot in one-inch increments. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA might lower Lake LBJ another foot, inch by inch

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS As expected, Lake LBJ reached its targeted level of 4 feet below normal range early Jan. 9. (more…)

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Due to the small number of workers and increased task of sorting trash from the recyclables, Llano Recycling Oppportunities management decided to end the trailer service. The facility, located at 1209 N. Bessemer Ave. in Llano, will continue to accept recyclable items on site. Courtesy photo

Llano recycling center stops mobile service due to small staff

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Llano Recycling Opportunities is shutting down its trailer service as of Friday, Dec. 14, because the volume of items the center gets exceeds its small staff’s abilities at this point. (more…)

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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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