New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 10, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

August 10, 2004

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 10, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas DAY AUGUST RALDZEITUNG I FOOTBALL New Braunfels Canyon Smithson Valley High Schools begin foot ball practices for the 200405 season Pages 5A FORUM LETTERS Readers sound off on mail safety development Woodall and city more than tubing drinking on river Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 232 10 pages 1 section CLICK i sot www 30 chance of rain High Low 94 73 Details6A DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS 8ttA COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBFtUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS BA Man dies after rescue from Canyon Lake By Ron Maloney Staff Writer old Indiana man died Satur day after being pulled uncon scious from Canyon Lake A University Hospital offi cial said Michael Hughes was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at 5 Saturday A Canyon Lake official said Hughes was pulled from the water at the Fort Sam Houston recreation area at about 4 They were performing car diopulmonary resuscitation when EMS the offi cial said Hughes was flown out by AirLife helicopter Comal County Sheriffs Cpl Tim Kolbe said Hughes was in the military stationed at Fort Sam Houston Witnesses including one with the victim said Hughes had swam to a buoy but began going Kolbe said He was brought ashore Pending autopsy results the incident has been tentatively ruled an accidental drowning Kolbe said A substantial amount of water hyacinth covered Lake Dunlap Water hyacinth is a floatjng plant that grows in large mats Drag wires and earth moving machinery were inef fective to remove the plants In May 1972 high flow through the lake cleared the plant B1984 Witches a filamentous algae that tends to form globs on the surface of the water became domi nant It would become caught in boat Conflicting science reasons Roadwork expansions hinge on toll receipts trjg them to stall Late Water lettuce became the dominant plant The freefloat ing plant also caused prob lems for boaters Texas Parks and Wildlife Department andjhe Army Cojps l Jjbf Engineers introduced 200 lettuce weevils to control the plant growth High flows dur infl 1991 and 1992 also helped dear the water Hydrilla was discovered in Lake Dunlap TPWD applied herbicides and in 1996 released sterile grass F carp tp reduce Hydrilla growth Those efforts along with high flows in 1997 reduced the prob lem 199697 Canyon Regional Water reported taste and odor problems in drinking water from Lake Dunlap High levels of aquatic plant growth and the effects of herbicides used to treat Hydrilla were thought to be the cause Source Analysis of Aquatic 1 to Ufa Qunlap Texas Clean Rims Program Guadalupe 1 JKiflW Him Authority with Huston and Associates September W98 DAVID Aquatic biology professor Dr Alan Groeger performs a chlorophyll analysis on a water sample at his Texas State University lab Experts unsure of phosphorus algae relationship By Brand Grissom Staff Writer Nuisance plant growth in Lake Dunlap has plagued this body of water created in 1928 for more than four decades Algae hydrilla water hyacinth water lettuce and other noxious weeds were reported as early as the 1960s Because of the lakes fertility it is one of the most studied in the state No less than 19 studies have been conducted since 1970 In 2002 when permitting officials at the Texas Commission on Envi ronmental Quality began reviewing New Braunfels Utilities water quali ty permit renewal application for the South KuehlerWastewater Treatment Plant they reviewed a number of those studies They sought to answer one question about the effects of the 4 million gallons of water discharged from that plant every day on water quality downstream The question was not whether Lake Dunlap has an algae problem discernible from the waters green tinge during dry summers The question was not whether NBUs North and South Kuehler plants con tribute a significant amount of phos phorus in the average the plants account for 27 percent LAKE DUNLAP WATER WOES Second in a fivepart series examining the fight between the Preserve Lake Dunlap Association and New Braunfels Utilities TODAY The science Studies exam ine amount of phosphorus and its sig WEDNESDAY The defense Plant upgrade costs too much and might not work THURSDAY The next steps Litigation means solution isnt near FRIDAY Clean up comparison San Marcos Kerrville clean up phosphorus according to TCEQ even more by some study reports Their question centers on the rela tionship between those two facts We can make a pretty good pre diction about what would happen to phosphorus levels The difficult part is making a prediction about what lowering phosphorus levels would do to algae said Jim Davenport in TCEQs water qual ity standards division He helped review NBUs renewal application None of the studies satisfactorily answer that question Davenport said And conflicting reports from the stud ies only create more questions We get different opinions from scientists in the Were trying to add enough data that it greatly helps reduce that A draft of TCEQs permit renewal currently pending approval requires NBU to pay for another study that will determine whether reducing phosphorus discharge from the Kuehler wastewater plants will sig nificantly reduce algae downstream 2002 STUDY POINTING THE FINGER AT NBU While evaluating the water quality permit renewal Davenport said TCEQ staff reviewed a 2002 study of Lake Dunlap conducted by Texas State UniversitySan Marcos aquat ic biology professor Alan Groeger We studied above and below the wastewater treatment Groeger said Below the outfall in the lake phosphorus has been dra matically Water samples from five points along the lake were studied The study shows water closer to Lake Dunlap Dam well downstream from the NBU plants is highest in algae growth When that water gets fairly close to the dam the river plunges under and the lake becomes Groeger said You get two layers See UUfl Page 2A By Ron Maloney Staff Writer If an outer loop is built aroundNew Braunfels within the next quarter century least in pay for it The same will be true if 281 is to be expanded to four lanes north of the Guadalupe River local officials learned Monday Confirmation came in a threehour work shop meeting conducted by city county chamber of commerce and Texas Depart ment of Transportation officials TxDOT District Engineer David Casteel told local officials that House Bill 3588 the 78th Texas Legislatures Omnibus Trans portation Bill offered several new funding scenarios for TxDOT projects previously paid for by state and federal highway funds Priority would be given to projects includ ing local participation through bonding local match funding or tolls he said Comal County officials have been grap pling with whether to form a local trans portation board a Regional Mobility Authority as allowed under the new law The RMA would fund projects envisioned in city and county transportation planning that no state funds or inadequate state funds have been earmarked for An outer loop around New Braunfels is not in TxDOTs 25year funding horizon Neither is 281 north of Texas 46 in Comal County We have new tools in the last Legislature we never had Casteel said Comal County is one of the better areas to work with because of the traffic you Locally officials expressed at best scant enthusiasm for establishing an RMA but Casteel made it clear that dwindling state See LOOP Page 3A HEALTH ALERT Landowners fight for nonannexation as time for final action nears By Scott Mahon Staff Writer With time running out landowners targeted for annexation again pleaded with the New Braunfels City Council to not annex hun dreds of acres of farmland near the municipal airport Mondays public hearing on annexation was the first of only two public hearings to be held before council takes action on annexing almost acres of land surrounding the airport For three years city offi cials have repeatedly said land adjacent to the airport needs to be protected from development And for three years farm ers have fought against annexation We have no intention of devel oping our said Curtis Timmer maiw The city has nothing to gain and the cost of pro viding services will exceed the benefits the city Melvin Kreusler said the farmland was some of the The richest farmland in the world Nancy Krueger argued the city couldnt provide adequate response times from fire and EMS services to areas adjacent to the airport fire and police departments are already she said We wont get the same level of services that people who live in the city Frank Robbins planning director said the city was bound by law to provide the same level of services to all residents In addition the city will have to maintain roads and streets and provide solid waste he said Mayor Adam Cork said although the city adopted a resolution against non annexation agreements council could negotiate development agreements with landowners There appears to be new legislation that would allow See 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