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Dredging on Lake Brownwood watefront properties proves beneficial for homeowners

Published On: Nov 15 2012 06:06:29 PM CST

Buying waterfront property is a dream for many, but sometimes the water doesn't stay.

That's what's happening for homeowners on parts of Lake Brownwood, and the solution to fix it is costly.

It's called dredging.

It can be done in the water, or in this case, on dry land, but the equipment to get it done is expensive.

Dry dredging is the process of removing land so water from the lake can flow back to its usual areas.

"Dredging in the water stirs up the water and this is water that we use for drinking, and it takes more chemicals to treat it," said Troy Henderson Chief Lake Patrolman.

It's a process that's important to those with waterfront homes.

"It benefits me with deeper water, having water to water the yard, plus attract fish; that's the big thing bringing in fish, and being able to get your boat in and out," said Thomas Newton, Lake Brownwood waterfront homeowner.

Dredging is pricey, unless...

"I have my own equipment and I'm able to sell the dirt too; it's excellent dirt," said Newton.

Henderson explains why so few people are dredging.

"We started out hoping that a couple hundred people would dredge around their boat docks or on their land, and the reason that so many haven't is one, the cost, and two, when we started it the lake level was almost 17 feet low, and now we're only 9," said Henderson.

With more water, lakefront owners have less dry land to dredge.

The water board expects more people to show interest in dredging when the lake declines several more feet.