DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) — One of the biggest names in Texas barbeque is facing a new challenge.
The Black family’s planned wedding venue is under investigation by the city of Dripping Springs and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Neighbors of “Black Ranch” say construction run-off has flowed into a nearby creek. Some have been against the project from the start.
On Jun. 3, the City of Dripping Springs put a stop work order on a portion of the Mark Black wedding venue, which is being built at 130 W. Concord Circle in Driftwood. The stop order was issued by a city inspector after he and a city engineer determined “the work being done did not match the approved site plan,” during a visit to the property.
This PDF is a copy of the the PowerPoint created to document existing conditions in Crystal Creek. Unlike the PowerPoint file, none of the videos will “play” in this file:
This PowerPoint file (174 MB) was created to document existing conditions in Crystal Creek. It has videos will “play” if you open the file in PowerPoint: CrystalCreekPollution_201905A.pptx
If you see a fish or wildlife kill or suspect a pollution event:
Call (512) 389-4848 or contact your regional Kills and Spills Team biologist.
Prompt notification is key to a successful investigation. The sooner we arrive, the better the chances that our biologists will be able to collect useful evidence.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Kills and Spills Team (KAST) is a group of biologists who investigate fish and wildlife kills resulting from pollution and natural events. KAST staff are trained to assess impacts to fish and wildlife resources and to determine the causes of events.
If possible, make a note of the following:
Dear neighbors of northern Hays County,
If you live, work, own property along a creek that may have been affected by the “white water event” of May 14, 2019, and believe you/your property may be affected by this event, and if you have taken pictures of the water in your section of the affected creek, of dead animals, plants, or insects in the water, and/or how the water has affected your well or your property, please email those pictures to:
with your address, phone number, location of the photo(s) taken, date of photo(s) taken, and your concerns.
Thank you in advance,
From: Aaron Reed <areed@cityofdrippingsprings.
Date: May 15, 2019 at 8:42:06 AM CDT
I visited the site at Mark Black Wedding Venue yesterday afternoon. I arrived shortly after James Slone of TCEQ had left. TCEQ has put a stop to the dewatering of the foundation excavation which was leading to sediment leaving the site. The contractor is to submit a dewatering plan to TCEQ and it must be approved by TCEQ before any dewatering can continue. TCEQ will also be requiring the contractor to clean up the creek. I am not sure what the schedule is for that cleanup. For that information you will need to contact TCEQ.
If you have any other questions regarding this matter please feel free to email or call me at City Hall 512-858-4725.
Please understand that any citizen complaints must be directed through City Hall via email or phone so records can be kept.
Dewatering and construction dewatering are terms used to describe the action of removing groundwater or surface water from a construction site. Normally the dewatering process is done by pumping or evaporation and is usually done before excavation for footings or to lower water table that might be causing problems during excavations. Dewatering can also refer to the process of removing water from the soil by wet classification. The right dewatering plan can be used to be in compliance with some of the Best Management Practices related to the SWPP [Stormwater Pollution Prevention] plan.
The discharge of wastewater and certain types of stormwater into or adjacent to water in the state (HTML) must be authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This authorization may come in the form of an individual discharge permit or a general permit. Seeking authorization under a general permit is generally less time-consuming than authorization under an individual permit and usually requires fewer resources.
The status of general permits that are being renewed or amended will be discussed at quarterly Water Quality Advisory Workgroup meetings, which are open to the public.
The Texas IOP provides a certificate to an innocent owner or operator
The Texas IOP, created by House Bill 2776 of the 75th Legislature, provides a certificate to an innocent owner or operator if their property is contaminated as a result of a release or migration of contaminants from a source or sources not located on the property, and they did not cause or contribute to the source or sources of contamination. Like the Texas Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP), the IOP can be used as a redevelopment tool and as a tool to add value to a contaminated property by providing an Innocent Owner/Operator Certificate (IOC). However, unlike the VCP release of liability, the liability immunity acknowledged in IOCs does not cover future owners/operators. Future owners or operators are eligible to enter the IOP and may, if otherwise qualified, receive an IOC, but only after they become an owner or operator of the site.
State laws associated with the IOP program are located in the Health and Safety Code 361.751-361.754.
State rules associated with the IOP program are located in the Texas Administrative Code 30 TAC 333.31-333.43.