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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAIUItE COPY WPI 25 cents Ir 24 Tuesday December Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COniAL COUNTY Home of Felix Garcia Chrtetmts Services Chiristmas Eve and Christmas Day religious celebrations in New Braunfels include the following First Protestant 172 Coll Christmas Eve with a brass band on the front lawn at and candlelight service at 11 First Baptist 733 Cross Christmas Eve service at Holy Family Catholic 245 Hidalgo Aver Christmas Eve masses at 8 and Christmas Day masses at 8 and 10 Peter and Paul Catholic 386 Castell Christmas Eve childrens mass at 5 and additional masses at and Christmas Day masses at 8 and Johns Episcopal 312 Guenther Christmas Eve holy eucharist at 5 and Christmas Day holy eucharist at 9 Cross Lutheran 169 Hickory Christmas Eve service at 7 Christmas Day service at 10 Paul Lutheran 181 Santa Clara Christmas Eve services at 5 and 11 First United Methodist 572 San Antonio Christmas Eve candlelight service at Bracken United Methodist 20401 Nacogdoches Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 t Faith 970 Christmas service at Stammtisch Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung sends birthday wishes today to Krystal Eve Belated birthday wishes go to Dennise Tree recycling The city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and New Braunfels Utilities will iponsor the fifth annual Christmas tree recycling program at Landa Park beginning An area in the swimming pool parking lot will se designated as the site to receive the More than trees were recycled last and about Christmas trees have been recycled during last four See Page 2 Good Day It will be partly cloudy today with the high temperature reaching about 61 Expect a cloudy Christmas day tomorrow when the high will reach about There is a slight chance of rain in tomorrows Inside DEAR ruiud Feature liic 1 shopping day to Christmas 1 10 Pages Aquifer rising after week of rain Water level jumps 17 By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer The water level of the Edwards Aquifer jumped 17 feet since heavy rains began to soak the region last according to a Monday reading by the Edwards Underground Water Mondays water level of feet beat the monthly average of feet and indicated a faster rate of increase than any other comparable fiveday according to a statement from Kelly the districts information and education Comal County Commissioner Neil Precinct emphasized that the benefits are temporary because this aquifer does not hold the water it The recharge has to be Craigmile Thats why it is so important to have a management plan that is a unique plan to the Edwards because the Edwards does not act like a lot of other which hold their This is a sudden activity and our water concerns are still with he This solves them for the short term but this is not a longterm The period of runoff is not and district officials believe another threeto sixfoot rise in the water level according to The Guadalupe River at the 281 bridge was still raging Sunday afternoon as storm waters from the Hill country flowed to Canyon Photo by Stephanie Ferguson The officials estimate that their four recharge dams in Medina County contributed greatly to the rise in the aquifer by capturing water that otherwise would have been she They predict recharge could surpass the acre feet of water that was recharged at the dams during record rains in The dams average about acre feet of recharge per Officials may seek federal assistance By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer Road damages left behind by last weeks floodwaters continue to soak up thousands of city and county dollars this and one Comal County official said Monday he will ask for federal We havent even barely gotten startedon repairing said Larry director of the Comal County Road Kearney said that even in this early road repairs have already cost the department since last and he expected to exceed S1500 in See Page 2 Debris flowed with the current of the Guadalupe River as the raging flood waters above Canyon Lake darn washed away banks taking trees and other Photo by Stephanie i i t J i iSy Vi J t Release of water will be delayed ftlii v fl Werst The Cdrps of Engineers flood om the flobd pool as IncluBeUhV Guadal Inflow to Canyon Lake crested control project system divides the possible without causingflooding nummu at over cubic per reservoir tip into three in rainfalLad4s to firsUayer is storage the l We4allvw6ric together the 1 consists of sedimeni and unusable If n layer is known kept asthe conservation poblMor reached normal The third layer is the By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer The Canyon Lake Reservoir flood pool is filled to 34 percent of capacity and releases of the additional water will be delayed until downstream conditions said Sally public affairs officer for the Army Corps of Fort Worth We hold the water there until ie downstream beneath the has sufficient capacity to second on Saturday and was down to cfs by Sundays inflow was All parks at Canyon Lake were closed over the weekend because some roads were The parks will probably remain closed for 23 weeks to allow the roads to dry out officials Its really a good news story obvious that the flood RO over sriulway We hke to level of and would con lakes to the tpp the conservation Werst Watching the water levels and lf m ail If kept the 34 percent and we all t ufttit es what isdflijigV Werst iched UO percent then its mbnitqring it lectly obvious that the constantly h5Kh via satellite and in would go over the spillway s V t she check the levels at the Canyon aithe Canyon Lakeland the Agency also p m PM V permit us to make gradual releases that your tax dollars and mine are to bring the flood pool down and working to control so that we dont cause additional Werst But in no lake is ever at a Werst added that the Corps objective is get the water 1 4v i1 managing the of potential meters that beam data tb a satellite V floodwaters through the system ia a that relays the information to constant and cooperative venture district Wertz M 1 Green Santa patrolling for presents By ROBERT STEWART SUtfWrilw Employees of the Comal County Sheriffs ComRl County Jail and Menial HealthMental Retardation MHMR distributed food and toys to families in need on Monday us part of the Operation Oiwu Santa This third year of the program proved be the biggest yet as 1S families were Weve done a lot better this year and were going to awn even swlier next aaid Sharron administrator at the Sheriffs We got the names from MHMR and some officers recommended Iwnite they knew wpn in and money were donated bv pffteers qf the Sheriffs and the jail welt ft Comal County Photo by Robart Stewart employee helps stelivar City and NBU may intervene in lawsuit By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities may now intervene in a lawsuit over the Edwards Aquifer after a pretrial hearing which unexpectedly moved two state bodies to the side of the At the Midland District Court Judge Lucius Bunion granted intervenor status to a list of about 15 water companies and other bodies that have a stake in either side of the expected to reach trial March The suit was initiated against the Department of the Interior by the Sierra which demands regulation of aquifer pumping to protect endangered species that depend on the continued flow of the Comal and San Marcos The city and which argue for the survival of the were permitted to intervene on the side of the environmental But the Texas Water which along with the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife intended also to intervene on the Sierra Clubs was unexpectedly placed alongside the Department of Agriculture on the side of the former New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller The Texas Water Commission and Parks and Wildlife are still going to be in favor of our even though theyre on the opposite which could be a plus for said who is attending the mediations as a consultant for the city and 1 think its unlikely that they will be taking the same positions as the other said Mary Ruth assistant attorney general in the environmental protection They want to find a solution to the problem and they want to do the planning and make sure the aquifer 2
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