Residents want pipeline rejected

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Last week during Williamson County Commissioners Court, several runners and birdwatchers asked commissioners to vote against a proposed sewage pipeline in Berry Springs Park and Preserve, a park located outside of Georgetown.

At this time, commissioners have allowed a development company to conduct a preliminary study inside the park for a pipeline, but they have not yet decided whether or not they will approve it.

Marcy Davis, a Leander resident, told the Hill Country News that she frequents this park regularly and that she always sees unique birds while she is there.

“I am a birdwatcher and this is somewhere that I often visit,” she said. “I want to make sure the habitats are not destroyed.”

Karen McBride, part of the Williamson Audubon Group, said that Berry Springs Park and Preserve was her favorite location to go birding and that the diversity of the habitats at the park makes the park a jewel. 

“No matter what time of year I can see 50 species of birds in two hours,” McBride told commissioners. 

Bill Schroeder, president of the Georgetown Running Club, said his club has raised $14,000 for the park by holding 5K runs there for nearly eight years. He noted that they most recently had 177 runners at a race and Cub Scouts walking the trails. 

“It’s a beautiful, beautiful park and I hope you go out and take a look before making any decisions based on money or finance,” Schroeder told commissioners. 

Commissioners have not yet taken any action on the pipeline.

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