Nueces River Sand Marl and Gravel Permit pending

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HMLarrimore
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Nueces River Sand Marl and Gravel Permit pending

Post by HMLarrimore » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:32 pm

The Chalk Bluffs campground has applied for a permit to dump material into the Nueces River that borders their property in an effort to make it more "swimmer friendly". The following is a letter received by one of our Central Texas Fly Fisher members requesting our assistance in contacting TP&W to oppose this action.


Subject: Nueces Sand Marl and Gravel Permit COMMENT BY JULY 19





Importance: High



Neighbors,



Park Chalk Bluff has applied for a sand, marl and gravel permit from Texas Parks and Wildlife to annually disturb 999 cubic yards of sediment over 10 acres of riverbed. The volume of sediment planed for movement annually is equivalent to about 166 dump truck loads; a small gravel mine. This level of disturbance can cause morphological deformations for many miles downstream. As we have all seen, the river reacts to alterations by shifting its meander pattern, cutting away at long stable banks and dropping gravels in heaps. The impact of the proposed disturbance could have disastrous consequences on the river, even in a good year. But given the current drought and weak flow conditions, aquatic life and our mutual recreation interests are in jeopardy.
You may remember that Park Chalk Bluff dug holes, channels and built an impoundment in the riverbed a few years ago without permitting. They were cited for the violation and have been cited twice since that time for similar violations. The silt generated from those activities has caused significant harm in our area. The fine sediments generated from these disturbances are finally becoming stabilized in the holes but much material remains in the channel and is easily suspended when disturbed causing less than clear conditions.

Interestingly the permit application (attached) claims plans to minimize harm to aquatic and riparian habitat by stocking bass and catfish. We would hope that this claim will be investigated by TPWD as stocking non-native fish poses a tremendous risk to the unique genetic strains of Nueces fish

The Agency is welcoming input and your written comment can impact the proposed permit and help mitigate the impacts of continued bank disturbances in the Chalk Bluff area. The permit could be denied or issued on a restricted or contingent basi

Ideas of comment include:

· Disallow the permit and enhance enforcement for violations.

· Allow disturbance only if/when the river is verifiably not flowing below site and only a one time well planned restoration project to include bank stabilization/vegetation and mitigation for offsite movement of fine sediments.

· Require a survey of the site to insure that the 10 acres planned for disturbance does not infringe on adjacent private property.

· Require engineering for project, not just a bulldozer and operator. ETC...



Comments are due by JULY 19, 2013.



Send them to
Tom Heger
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, Texas 78744
tom.heger@tpwd.state.tx.us

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Re: Nueces River Sand Marl and Gravel Permit pending

Post by Ron Mc » Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:26 am

thanks for the heads up.

There are no native bass west of the Medina - genetically, long-ear sunfish are the baddest boys on the block.
But certainly stocked wild bass are there to stay.

Chalk Bluff is one of the last large properties before the river generally disappears into the aquifer recharge zone around US 90.

What is the source of the alert you posted?
Ron Mc

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