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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 4, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas FEBRUARY 1903 HERALDZEITUNO 5 San GBRA officials clash over aquifer lawsuit 5 Associated Press SAN Nel son Wolff and city water officials are lashing out at the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority over a lawsuit that now threatens fed i eral regulation of the Edwards Wolff blasted the GBRA as he and San Antonio Water System board members responded Wednesday to a ruling by District Judge Lucius Bun who on Monday gave the Texas Legislature until May 31 to reduce aquifer pumping by at least 60 percent during times of Its time for San Antonio and everyone in the Edwards Aquifer region to get serious about work ing together to solve the water crisis we all face Wolff If we the blunt ax of the fed eral government will force a man agement plan down our The Sierra Club and the GuadalupeBlanco River Author ity filed the lawsuit under the fed eral Endangered Species Act against the Pish and Wildlife The plaintiffs argued declining spring levels from too much aquifer pumping threaten endan gered salamander and plant species in the Comal and San Marcos springs in New Braunfels and San The only beneficiaries of a fed eral plan will be blind salaman gambusia a fountain Texas wild rice and the GuadalupeBlanco River Author which funded the lawsuit to choke off our historic water supply in a blatant grab for power and the mayor Once there are pumping lim Medina and Uvalde counties will seek ownership of excess spring flow through leg islative Wolff GBRA is not going to control that the mayor Cliff chairman of the San Antonio Water accused the GBRA of trying to severely restrict aquifer pumping in to make San Antonio a customer Highlights from the Capitol AUSTIN AP State sena tors have approved a boll weevil eradication plan that was backed by the agricultural establishment but opposed by environmental farmworkers and organic fflTTO The bill by Bill D San was approved 291 It will now go to the House for The measure would allow cot ton farmers to form boll weevil eradication zones to fight the insect and tap into federal i Texas agriculture officials say the boll weevil causes about mil lion in losses to a state cotton crop valued at more than I cant think of a single good thing to say about the boll wee said Opponents of the bill called it a governmentsubsi dized pesticide spraying This could result in massive pes j ticide spraying without proper said Scott Royder of the Sierra Other developments Wednes day Samesex marriages State Glen D introduced legislation to give gays and lesbians the same marital rights as other the Legislatures only openly gay admits his legislation has no chance of becoming law this But he said it will start a discussion of the Ringing ruling A state appeals court upheld most of a Southwestern Bell Tele phone rqte settlement that was challenged by the states advocate for utility customers and more than 100 Texas Spokesmen for Southwestern Bell and the Public Utility Commis the panel that approved the praised the Fast food fight A bill that would give franchise holders more power when nego tiating agreements with fastfood chains was approved 65 by the Senate Economic Development that would build a expen sive surface water Thats what all of this is Morton Its not about fountain John general manager of the river disputed the city officials remarks but would not say much I cant respond to that kind of None of that is truth Specht calling the com ments Specht said the GBRA advocates a very min imal flow at the using Buntons ruling as a The city claims the 60 percent reduction Bunton mandated would mean economic Wolff said city evidence at the November trial showed that more than jobs would be lost and more than million in wages and salaries would be lost in Bexar apparent that the judge simply choses to ignore the impact on peoples lives in making his Wolff Wolff said the city will but in the mean time will keep working with other aquifer users and state offi cials on a management Wolff said the city and the Texas Water with approval by the Fish and Wildlife Ser continue to push for an initial limit of aquifer pumping to acrefeet per That would drop to acrefeet per year in 15 years and to acrefeet during It is estimated between and acrefeet of water per year is pumped from the aquifer City officials sup port a bill that would control pumping through a regional aquifer well permits and monitored Morton said he met Wednesday With Texas House Speaker Pete DHale on the mat and city officials are talking to other Now there are 260 great reasons to switch to Bank of Bank of America plus First 260 branches for Texans to bank As hard as you work for your the least we can do is make getting to it And now that we have 260 theres bound to be one near where you can do everything from opening a checking account to getting a home But having more branches is just one way were making banking Now youll have access to your money free of charge 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