This effort included aerial photographs from private aircraft graphically depicting the mud, sand and debris washed into the river as a result of the removal of the top rock layer by quarry operators. The long-term damage is still evident as muddy sandbars have increased and islands formed in the riverbed, now covered in vegetation that has altered the river’s natural flow. An oil-based mud has taken the place of the former gravel base in many areas. What was clear-flowing water with deep pools and a minimum of clean sandbars is now shallow and muddied. It will be years before the river recovers completely.
Credit should be given to the organizations and people involved in forcing the passage of the senate bill. Among those are Dr. John Calder, Dr. Tony Goodwin, pilot Ted Friddle, Sandy Wilkins, all residents of the Mountain River Community, eminent Weatherford Democrat columnist Larry Jones, multi-generational Brock resident, friend and staunch supporter Alice Walton and the members of the Granbury chapter of the BRCC formed in 2006, Charles and Dominique Inge, Clark and Barbara Goodwin Lantz and Dr. Joshua Rosenfeld.
Tony Goodwin and Larry Jones met with John Graves at his “Hardscrabble Farm” in Glen Rose and asked his approval for the designated portion of the river to be dedicated and titled “John Graves Scenic Riverway” when the bill passed. Mr. Graves was pleased and honored by the recognition. He gave the river its voice and that voice will carry to future generations as a reminder to cherish, preserve and protect our natural resources.
The Senate Bill No. 1354 can be viewed in its entirety online as Texas Senate Bill 1354.
Louise Moore is a resident of Millsap.