Commissioners move forward on river study

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Feb. 3, 2014 at 4:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 2, 2014 at 8:03 p.m.

Victoria County Commissioners approved a $24,032 budget amendment Monday to pay for a study some commissioners say is flawed.

The study, spearheaded by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, is examining logjams in rivers throughout the region.

Commissioner Gary Burns disagrees with the study's methodology, saying it should start at the lower basin before moving to the midbasin, where Victoria sits.

"If things change below, it (the study) is going to be obsolete," Burns said.

While the overall intent of the study will be beneficial, he said it will not have the greatest impact possible.

"I just think they could have put their money to better use," he said.

The county voted in July to partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in funding a $90,573 comprehensive study of Spring Creek. The county is responsible for $24,032, which includes the cost of the grant application.

Logjams are creating problems, including flooding hazards, along rivers and creeks in the area.

"It's changing the course of the river," Burns said. "It's going to cost a fortune" to correct it.

He said he disagrees with the bureaucracy involved in cleaning the river but said the county, state and federal government cannot justify the money without first investing in a study.

In 2007, a flood along Spring Creek brought rising waters into homes and poured over roadways.

Commissioner Kevin Janak said the river authority has asked for the funds, so commissioners had to do the budget amendment Monday.

The funds were budgeted last year but rolled back into the general fund after going unspent.

He said there is a public meeting in early March on the study of Spring Creek, which has flooding issues because of overgrown trees and brush.



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