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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 1, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas 41 Wednesday, July 13; 2011 | heralozeitung.com Reclaimed water project a necessary investment “nr"here's too much truth in the oft-repeated saying Whiskey's for drinking, water's for fighting.’' As yet another drought reminds us. water is precious, it's source is as unpredictable as the weather and everyone wants some On Monday night Espey Consultants presented a study to the New Braunfels City Council that looked at the possibility of using reclaimed wastewater effluent for irrigation of a majority of the city's parks The study proposes a $4 5 million project to replace the drinking water now used to irrigate park lands with treated water that is safe for irrigation but not for consumption The importance of this project could easily be lost by focusing on the price tag Creating the infrastructure to reuse treated water for irrigation is about so much more than the immediate price tag It's about more than even the current drought This study and this approach is about forward thinking - planning for a growing community in a drought-prone part of Texas where springs dry up where whole cities spring up m the course of a few years and calls for water conservation only go so far The City of New Braunfels. New Braunfels Utilities. GBRA and the Edwards Aquifer Authority — who jointly funded the S 173.000 study — should be applaud ed and encouraged for this effort to take some strain off the aquifer and our supply of drinking water The study supposes using as much as 295 million gallons per year of recycled 173 acres of parklands. including Landa Hinman Island, the HEB soccer AT ISSUE A recent study shows how New Braunfels could use reclaimed water to irrigate city parks. OUR VIEW Concept IS a forward-thinking solution in this drought-prone part of Texas DECIDE FOR YOURSELF A draft copy of the Parks Reclaimed Water Irrigation Feasibility Study IS available for public view at the New Braunfels Public Library wafer to irrigate Park Prince Solms Park, complex, the Camp Comal and Fredericksburg Road ball fields, a portion of Landa Park Golf Course, the new Fischer Pari' and the landscaped park areas being built as part of the Walnut Avenue reconstruction project. At Monday s council meeting. Councilor Richard Zapata suggested triat the concept could be expanded beyond parks irrigation And he s right If the entities involved move forward with this project — which they should — they should examine the scope and boundanes beyond parks irrigation ( ould it be used for residential irrigation^ Where else could serve to cut back on potable water consumption^ Once the infrastructure is in place, it will be more expen sive to ask those questions According to the U S, Environmental Protection Agency landscape irrigation is estimated to account for almost one third of all residential water use. According to Stephen Jenkins of Espey Consultants, using recycled sewer water to irrigate the city's parks would result ♦n a relatively drought proof water supply source the recycled water also would cut demand on the Edwards Aquifer, he said, be unaffected by staged water restrictions, and increase park capacity by making more grassy lands available for use The idea is still only on paper, merely in the discussion phase It s still unclear which agency would take the lead, how It would be funded and on what scale One thing is clear I he $4 5 million price tag is a considerable, but necessary investment to help ensure the sustainability of the water supply for this growing community. HERALD-ZEITUNG EDITORIAL BOARD Publishtr tnd Editor Oouq Tonsy VintfMit Autumn niiMpt    CirciM«n Dirtctor Jtff t(Wof Shwwt lOMi    Cow    rhfl«M LETTERS POUCY The New Braunfels Herald-Zeltung welcomes letters up to 250 words and guest columns of up to 500 words Guest columns must be accompanied by a photo. The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit or reject all submissions. All submissions must include an address and telephone number so authorship can be confirmed. Submit letters •    By e-mail to: news@herald-zeituhg.com •    Online at: herald-zeitung com •    By mail to: Letters to the Editor, Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78130 •    By fax: (830) 606-3413 •    In person: 707 Landa St. Does the city leadership care about our opinions? I was reading the Guest Commen tary by Dick Hillyer in Thursday s edition of the paper and I had to wonder if the City Council and/or the Chamber of Commerce ever read the Letters to the Editor concerning the rivers and the tourists. Lately. 1 have read several letters and articles about the tourists on the rivers In my opinion, those letters and articles make a strong case for keeping alco hoi and rowdy tubers off the rivers and making our nvers (and our town) family friendly If the City Council and the Chamber of Commerce do read those articles and the letters, do they care about the opinions of the citizens^ Truthfully I guess you can tell that this last question is purely rhetorical 1 think we already know the answer to that Wilma Moore New Braunfels Instead of forming committee, ban alcohol Chief Wibert is asked about change on the Comal River as are all City Council members Sounds like a crisis to me Forming another committee to find the best method is one answer, but 1 believe the best is swift action now We all know that a camel is actually a I KTIKKS nri'iiK K;)iT( horse designed by a committee An quick easy solution would be to enforce no alcohol (possession) in park areas (most weekend tubers enter at Prince Solms Park) and ask all the tube shuttle operators not to transport alcohol on weekends and holidays, The "No Alcohol m Public Parks Law" is on the books — enforce it on week ends There will still be some beer on the river, but not anything like now Any person that cannot float the Comal for 2-3 hours without a beer shouldn't be in a weekend crowd anyway Make the Comal a place for families, residents and decent visitors Strict enforcement of an existing law on weekends and holidays may seem harsh and unreasonable But in a crisis any action is better than no action Phil Nikel New Braunfels Patrolman should give himself a ticket for U-turn yes. I got a traffic ticket for rolling through a stop sign at a four way stop Never mtnd that I was the only vehicle at the intersection I am guilty of the infraction and should pay the $150 ticket The patrolman, however, should also give himself a ticket In his excitement to give me a ticket, he made a U turn on a bridge (over 1-35) in front of two vehicles and prior to turning on his emer- gency lights Really. DPS. in your haste to ticket a minor infraction should you put two other cars at risk and commit a much graver moving violation^ You will get your money, but surely you could have handled this in a much more professional manner' Mitch GouM New Braunfels Would Comal River make a better wiater source? In regard to using Comal River water for irrigation on the golf course: Why not use recycled water for irrigation and use the clean, almost pure, Comal River water for drinking water. We currently use Guadalupe River water as a source. Surely the purity of the Comal is much better than the Guadalupe, as the intake for our drmking water is below the Gruene Wastewater Treatment plant The Guadalupe flow is currently much lower than the Comal and it seems like we could redirect the water pumped from the Comal to the treatment plant, use less chlorine and less filtenng for a better quality drinking water source Of course, we would still share the Edwards Aquifer and Canyon Lake water with San Antonio, San fvlarcos, Blanco and Boerne Tom CorMn New Braunfels ONLINE EXTRA CONTACT ELECTED OFFICIALS Contact information for of all your elected officials local, state and national — can be found at herald-zeitung.com/opinion/contact_officials Ttie Associated Press Today is Wednesday, July 13, 2011 On July 13,1923, a sign consisting of 50-foot-tall letters spelling out “HOLLYWOODLAND“ was dedicated in the Hollywood Hills to promote a subdivision (the last four letters were removed in 1949). in 1787, Congress enacted an ordinance governing the Northwest Territory. In 1793, French revolutionary writer Jean-Paul Marat was stabbed to death in his bath by Charlotte Corday, T()|)\^ IN IIIS'KMn who was executed four days later In 1863, deadly noting against the Civil War military draft erupted in New York City, In 1886, Father Edward Joseph Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town, was born in County Roscommon, Ireland. In 1939, Frank Sinatra made his first commercial recording, "From the Bottom of My Heart' and ■'Melancholy Mood," with Harry James and his Orchestra. In 1960, John F Kennedy won the Democratic presidential nomination on the first ballot at his party’s convention in Los Angeles. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Thurgood Marshall to be U.S. Solicitor GeneraL In 1972, George McGovern claimed the Democratic presidential nomination in Miami Beach. In 1985, "Live Aid," an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, took place to raise money for Africa's starving people. Governor calls EPA Cross-State Pollution Rule 'federal overreach' AUSTIN — A new rule announced July 6 by the U S Environmental Protection puts new controls on energy-relat ed industries in Texas The EPA s Cross State Air Pollution Rule requires 2 7 states including Texas to imprrjve air quality by reduc mg power plant emissions that contribute to ozone and/or fine particle pollution m other states, the agency stated Gov Rick Perry, whose name is being circulated as a possible GOP candidate m the 2012 presidential race reacted on July 7, calling the EPA s action another example of heavy handed and mis guided action from Washing ton D C that threatens Texas jobs and families and puts at nsk the reliable and affordable electricity our state needs to succeed From the attack on Texas successful clean air program, to threatening endangered species listings in West Texas ED STERLING COLUf^NIST Oil fields, to banning offshore energy exploration, the Oba ma Administration seems intent on increasing energy costs for American consumers and making us even more dependent on foreign energy Texas will keep standing up to this destructive federal overreach and working to enhance environmental pro tection and domestic energy exploration and production," Perry said The EPA reported that the Cross-State Pollution Rule is intended to reduce the fol towing; •    Premature mortality; •    Non-fatal heart attacks; •    Hospital and emergency department visits. •    Acute bronchitis •    Upper and lower respira tory symptoms; •    Aggravated asthma; and •    Days when people miss work or school Trucking agreement is reached Remember the North American Free Trade Agree ment. an effort launched m 1994 to smooth commerce among the nations of our continent^ Well, the giant sucking sound of NAFTA may get a couple of notches quieter. On July 6 the United States and Mexico signed an agreement to resolve an old trucking dis pute (H. Ross Perot, Dallas businessman and 1992 presi dential candidate, warned that NAFTA, if passed, would be a dram on the U S economy and Americans would recognize It as a "giant sucking sound") Texas Agnculture Commis sioner Todd Staples said the Lone Star State will benefit from the agreement According to his office, Mexico's punitive customs duties on 99 U.S. products will be cut in half within the next 10 days The remaining tanffs will be removed later this summer within five days after the first carrier is inspected and certified by the Department of Transportation to participate in the trucking program ' "For too long.' Staples said, Texas farmers, ranchers and consumers have paid the price for longstanding trade dis putes between our two countries In these tough economic times, It IS imperative that the voice of reason speaks on behalf of our hardworking U.S. farmers and ranchers as well as consumers. As neighbors, Texas and Mexico have worked hard for decades to create harmonious trade protocols and this agreement is another step forward m a mutually beneficial partner- A USDA report released earlier this year indicated tariffs atone reduced the total value of targeted U.S. agricultural exports by $240 million from March 2010 to February 2011. Mexico's list of retaliatory tariffs has a direct affect on $190 million in Texas agriculture products, including pork, wine, peanuts, onions and dozens of other commodities." Staples' office reported. Combs hires security chiefs Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, who has been under fire this year for not preventing the exposure of current and former state employees' personal data, last week announced the hinng of Elizabeth Rogers to be the agency's first chief privacy officer Combs said Rogers will be in charge of. •    Designing and updating privacy standards; •    Performing risk reviews to identify exchanges of personally identifiable information between the agency and other entities or individuals; •    Identifying new pnvacy risks and developing mitigation strategies; and •    Collaborating with chief privacy officers at the state and federal level on privacy related initiatives. Rogers IS a former general counsel of the State Bar of Texas. Combs also announced the hiring of Jesse Rivera as the agency’s chief information security officer to oversee information technology security and risk assessment; direct cyber security audits and ensure technologies are in place to reduce risks of attacks, and work on network security architecture based on the agency’s business needs and security regulations. Rivera is a former employee of the Central Intelligence