Bandera youth camp permit request concerns landowners

On Sunday, concerned citizens from Tarpley, Bandera and Hondo will meet to discuss a permit that would allow the discharge of pollutants from treated sewage into Commissioner’s Creek in Tarpley.

Commissioner’s Creek is a spring fed tributary to Hondo Creek and the Frio River, and is part of the Nueces River Watershed and Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will hold a public meeting later this month in order to hear and address the concerns of local citizens regarding a wastewater permit that would allow a for-profit youth camp to discharge effluent at a rate of up to 50,000 gallons per day into the pristine, spring fed creek.

Friends of Hondo Canyon, a non-profit organized by more than 55 families from the area, are asking the camp owners to agree to a zero-discharge permit that would prevent the pollution of the environmentally sensitive waterway.

The meeting on Sunday is open to all area landowners, and will begin at 2 p.m. at Anton Haner Center, the old Tarpley School House, 25 Valentine Lane in Tarpley.

Friends of Hondo Canyon members will answer neighbors’ questions regarding the permit, review environmental consequences of the discharge and organize supporters to attend the TCEQ public meeting on Aug. 26.


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