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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 29, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas AVAILABLI COPY Thursday August 1991 203 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY Home of Daniel Stauffer One 12 Pages Stammtisch Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeltung wishes happy birthday today to Adam Rene Charles Pat Lori Bety George Perez Joe Chelo Annette Joey Benjamin Bill Rene Monica Suzan Veronica Lee Ele na Flores and Melissa Sue Belated birthday wishes to Tillie Happy anniversary today to Bill and Sue Helen and Bob Pete and Elvira Cordova and Tony and Lisa Belated anniversary wishes to Otto and Tillie Know of a birthday or anniver sary Give our receptionist a call the day before at 6259144 wed like to share in the Boy Scouts The Alamo Area Boy Scouts of America will be sponsor ing their annual school night for 5 at at all elementary schools in and around San This is an Ideal opportunity for boys to register for Scouting and for parents to find out what the Boy Scouts is all For more information contact the Boy Scout Service Center at 512 Eagles meeting The Fraternal Order of Eagles will sponsor its 42nd anniversary party on 1 at Eagles The Hall will open at 2 The program starts at with the meal at There was an error in the Eagle so disregard those Symphony Guild The Symphony Guild member ship appreciation wine and cheese party will be 8 at the home of Robert and Loretts Atwood at Ohio from 46 in the after Please phone regrets only at 6295448 or Spaghetti supper Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor a spagh etti supper 15 from at Fire Station on Oblate Drive at FarmtoMarket Plates for children under 8 will be adult Pro ceeds will be used to help buy new Trade show Tickets for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commer ces Business Trade Show sche duled for 10 and 11 are on sale at the Chamber office or from a member of the Trade Show com This is the third year for the which has been a success from the There are 64 booths with 57 exhibitors and more than 35 different products services Door prizes will be given with a trip for two to New Orleans as the grand The sneak preview on Tues day from 6 is a gala like affair featuring entertainment and The show on Wednesday includes a business apparel fashion show with models from local industries and clothing from local retailers beginning at Square dancing Square dance lessons begin 2 Good Day A 20 percent chance of afternoon thundershowers punctuates a cast that calls for partly cloudy conditions with a high near 97 and an overnight low near Fridays forecast sounds much th same with scattered clouds and winds from the at 1015 mph antici In New Braunfels Wednes the high was 95 and the over night low was For weather please see Page 8 DEAR Springs low despite rains ByMARKWARNKEN StaffWrlttr Aboveaverage rainfall in the reg ion this summer but belowaverage flow from the Comal Springs this month may indicate the danger posed to the Edwards Aquifer by a large catfishfarm water well in southern Bexar according to the local parks Springflows currently are hovering between 190 and 200 cubic feet per compared with the average 220 for August and 215 for Septem Parks Director David Whatley told the Parks and Recreation Advis ory Board earlier this It doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure out that we should be higher than the Whatley So if we were to get a normal rainfall or a slightly dry its going to be real interesting to watch whats going to happen to the Edwards Living Water Artesian Springs Cat fish Farm near Von Ormy draws enormous amounts of water from the between 40 and 50 million gallons a through two artesian one of which is said by an industry journal to be the largest in the The farm daily uses nearly onequarter of all the water used by homeowners and businesses in Bexar and much of the used water drains into the Medina But the city of San the Edwards Underground Water District and the state currently have no regu latory control over operatorinvestor Ronald Puceks water In Pucek legally could drain the aquifer because Texas water codes say water used in fish fanning is not a According to a graph prepared using data from the Texas Water Comal springflow totals have been extremely volatile since compared to period between 1928 and Whatley in the last half of this cen tury its been wetter than but the peaks are getting higher and the valleys are getting he 1990 saw normal rainfall in the reg and this year has been wetter than but springflows remain below The effect of the catfishfarm well on the Comal and San Marcos fed by the so far hasnt been the topic of much discus he I dont know if you can blame this all oh the catfish farm or But if 50 million gallons are going out down that its reducing artesian pres sure up this Thats 50 million gallons that doesnt make it Whatley Thats the whole Edwards situa Water that historically used to come here is slowly and surely going to another river the San Sw Page 2 Sierra Club lawsuit gets court date ByMARKWARNKEN Staff Writer The Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Clubs federal lawsuit against the Department of the Interior to protect endangered species living in the Comal and San Marcos springs is scheduled for court accord ing to the plaintiffs The filed last year in Dis trict Court in Midland as Sierra Club seeks to force the Department of the Interior and the Fish and Wildlife Service to reg ulate pumping of the Edwards Aquif er to protect four endangered or threatened species the fountain the San Marcos Texas wild rice and the Texas blind salamander through the federal Endangered Species The first three species live in and around the springs fed by the the major water source for an eight county area including San The salamander lives hi the aquifer Manual Lujan is secretary of the Stuart the Sierra Clubs Austinbased in a telephone interview Wednesday said the court date should be fairly knowing the history of District Court Judge Lucius But he expects attempts by aquifer pumpers to delay the court So three irrigators from Uvalde and Medina counties have filed as intervenors on behalf of the defen and the GuadalupeBlanco Riv er Authority has intervened on behalf of the Henry Im not surprised at anything thats happened in the lawsuit so Its pretty much going as I Henry But I didnt think wed be lucky enough to get to trial by the end of this but we Thats the good Henry said he expects other including more irrigators and possibly the city of New Braun fels on the side of the plaintiffs and the city of San Antonio on the side of the New Braunfels City Manager Paul Grohman said the City Council likely will consider formal action to intervene during its 9 He expects either the city of San Antonio or the city water board to intervene on the side of the Therefore I think we should throw our hat in the ring and make sure pur side is We have to be a driving force in the known for his rocket docket could render a decision as early Grohman Federal attorneys recently filed lengthy legal responses to the lawsuit and to GBRAs application to said David GBRAs director of planning and The judge granted GBRAs right to intervene in the law suit against the Interior Department earlier this he That the federal attorneys responses would be considered a general which is what you would Welsch Thats just a general federal response we dont think we did the lawsuit seeks to force federal authorities to restrict pumping from the aquifer at any time spring flow from Comal Springs is less than 350 cubic feet per thereby protecting the endangered The Sierra Club also seeks deve lopment and implementation of a fed eral recovery plan as required by the Endangered Species The plan would identify threats facing the endangered species and the actions needed to preserve A but separate lawsuit seeking to protect the Comal and San Marcos filed by GBRA about 18 months ago in state district was returned to state court earlier this month by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Sand used to absorb Tuesdays chemical spill now is stored at Bluebonnet Motors makeready It is contained in a dumpster and a dump each covered with Photos by Robert Stewart Sandstored pending chemical study results By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Contaminated sand being stored in a plasticcovered dump truck and a dumpster in the 700 block of Wal nut may remain there until it can be determined exactly what chemicals are contained in the sand so proper disposal methods can be said New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Its really in the hands of Bluebon net the Health Department and the Texas Water Commission Friesenhahn The Fire Department is no longer involved hi It has not been determined how the chemical was according to Neville service manager of Bluebonnet Its a shame something like that happened its just one of those bad Ehrhardt It normally takes eight to 10 weeks to get tests back from the The state deter mines when it can be moved and what can be done with Officials are unsure about the chemical composition of the spilled chemical as the barrel spilled may have been used as a dump for several Officer Wesley Meyer of the New Braunfels Fire Department demonstrates the Aim 3000 gas a device which tests for 36 different chemicals and determines oxygen and car bon dioxide spent Im detecting petroleum gasoline and acetone with explosive vapor said Wesley Meyer of the New Braunfels Fire Meyer was sampling the sand using an Aim 3000 gas a device which tests for 36 different chemicals and determines oxygen and carbon dioxide I dont get anything around the he Its only when I take readings inside the I went out there and checked it out its a good said Ernie Hazardous Materials Chair man of the Local Emergency Plan ning Hassold said he has been informed that the sand hi the truck will be transferred to a dumpster and that the truck will washed out with 55 gallons of which will then be soaked up with sand and added to the original Meyer said that hot sun on the stor age containers can increase gaseous There was some question as to how the plastic coverings would fare in a heavy Fire department officials restricted access to the storage area with fire scene yellow tape and instructed Bluebonnet Motors personnel to keep See Page 2 United Way volunteers gather for campaign training United Way volunteers gather around a television to view videotape presentation on the organization in preparation for sharing it with local businesses and Photo by Robert Stewart By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer About 50 volunteers and organization representa tives turned out for the United Way Volunteer Training Session at the New Braunfels Smokehouse The breakfast meeting was held to familiarize volun teers with techniques used to solicit donations from individuals and Some of the fine points included dealing with common questions and establishment of employee campaigns and filling out account profile There are roughly 60 more days left of the cam said Jack codrive Its really going to get into full Farris recognized pacesetter companies like Wal Sara Don Maxwell Chevrolet and WestPoim Pepperell outlet for their contributions to the We want to get 100 percent he Wed like to get everybody to participate at some A common question asked is where the money donated to United Way Cochairman Pam Kraft explained that volunteers allocate funds by ranking community needs and deciding which are most appro Nonprofit organizations submit their budgets and funding requests to the allocation These requests are met as the budget A fair share contribution is one hours pay per Kraft Its not the maximum or the minu mum a person can give but it is an average The United Way of Comal County video was shown at the Arrangements can be made for speakers and presen tations of the video for companies interested in becom ing involved in the United Way Executive Director Joe Worl This year the United Way of Comal County will fund 23 Organizers pointed out that Comal County residents who work out of town can request that money deducted from paychecks be directed back to Comal Another upcoming event in the campaign is the Gruene Musicfest 11 and 12 which will benefit United There will be a variety of bands playing Friday evening and all day Saturday with a dance that night at Gruene This will be the fifth annual fest and will feature acts such as Clay said John For more information call 512