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Sand is Shrinking Lake LBJ, But Will Sand Mining Hurt the Hill Country?

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Leading the opposition to the plan are Fermín and Jennifer Ortiz, who own a ranch upstream from the proposed development property. Fermín explained that they’ve been contacted in the past by other companies about sand mining, however, they’ve chosen to decline all offers. The couple have a deep love for the land and have made several solid arguments to justify their position.

Should the plant be constructed and enter operation, the country roads will see a massive uptick in traffic. 40 semis will travel up and down the route. Also not to be dismissed out of hand is the noise factor. The plant is set to run seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Industrial lighting will come into play, however Nash assures everyone that the plant will be highly secluded within his property. The plant will also need to use water from the creek, a maximum of 30 gallons a minute. This water will then be recycled for further use. Jennifer Ortiz cautions that drought years have already forced them to truck in water and that the plant will only make matters worse.

Sand is Shrinking Lake LBJ, But Will Sand Mining Hurt the Hill Country?

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The opposition to the plant fears further development, coupled with an increasingly hot and dry climate, could negatively impact the natural, beloved characteristics of the Hill Country. Would the plant lead to more old Texas families selling out and moving away, fragmenting the land and thereby changing its unique look and character? Nash contends that the plant will bring further prosperity to the area without causing harm. The question, for now, is still up in the air as Collier and Nash continue the permit process. Whose side do you take in the great Sandy Creek debate?

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