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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas REOH ARG E/DISCHARGE DATA WANT TO KNOW MORE? StammtiscnRangers’ Churchman hurls one-hitter. See Page 7. The United States Geological Survey in San Antonio completed a study of 1996 recharge and discharge levels of the Edwards Aquifer. To obtain a copy, write the USGS at 435 Isom Road, Suite 234, San Antonio, Texas, 78216; call 210/321-5200; fax 210/530-6008; e-mail: [email protected]; or contact its web site at Total Recharge Discharge (totals in acre feet) 1992 - 2,485,700    1,130,200 1993 - 447,600    996,700 1994 - 538,100    814,800 1995 - 531,300    761,000 1996 - 324,300    705,600 Average recharge/discharge data: Water is placed back into the 176-mile-long underground system from streams and land that cross an area, known as the recharge zone, which extends primarily from Kinney to Hays counties. ■ The estimated annual recharge between 1934 and 1996' ranges from 43,700 in 1956 to 2,485,700 in 1992 and the average is 668,700. ■ The estimated annual discharge for that time period ranges from 388,800 in 1955 to 1,130,200 in 1992 and the average is 658,200. The percentage of well discharge by county: Bexar - 58 Uvalde - 21 Medina - 13 Comal-4 Hays - 3 Kinney - less than 1 Source: United States Geological survey After raising her two children by herself, renting a house and paying the bills while working as a waitress at the Pig Stand, No. 49, in the East Texas town of Beaumont, Fanny Cook wasn’t supposed to buy a house. The 55-year-old woman said her average salary has ranged from $800 to $900 per month, earned from serving cheeseburgers, soft drinks and the 24-hour restaurant’s main attraction: the Pig Sandwich, a homestyle, barbeque pork sandwich. But after local mortgage companies turned her down three times, the veteran waitress found a way to purchase a modest home through a company that now has set its sights on other low-income people in the New Braunfels area. “I’m just an average person. I was raised in an orphan home and I really don’t need anything fancy,” Cook said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “It feels fantastic. It’s like giving birth. I didn’t think I was going to get it and then when I moved in (three weeks ago), I forgot about it all.” Cook fits the profile of a typical HomeFair Mortgage Corporation customer. For a 5 percent down payment of $1,400, she now lives with her six grandchildren, her poodle "Benji” and pet bird “Alex” in a restored, two-bedroom house, paying $319 per month on a 10-year note. “I’m just glad that at my age and being a single woman, I got it. It’s so hard as a single woman,” Cook said. HomeFair began in Beaumont two years ago and plans to ofter up to $3 million for people w ith low incomes to buy houses that would be rehabilitated from a run-down state. Representatives of I iomeFair Mortgage Corporation of San Antonio met Tuesday w ith interim chairw oman of the New Braunfels Hispanic chamber of Commerce Chnstma Aguilar Friar, Mayor Jan Kennady and other city Turn to Homes, Page 2A HomeFair Mortgage Corporation of San Antonio plans to offer loans to people with low income or bad credit. Typically the loans include the following items: ■ 11.4 percent interest rate or lower ■ Monthly incomes have ranged from $1,200 to $1,500 ■ 5 percent down payment ■ No guarantors needed ■ 30-year mortgage tor about $50,000 For more information, call Michael Shefman or Marc Greenberg at 210/366-9330 or e-mail: [email protected] Source HomeFair reports Rain causes closings at recreational areas Pollen Count Mold — unavailable Oak — unavailable Ash — unavailable Mulberry — unavailable Elm — unavailable Hackberry — unavailable Sycamore — unavailable (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 290 cubic feet per second, up 20 from Wednesday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.96 feet above sea level, up .03 Canyon Dam discharge — 3,950 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 1,501 Canyon Lake level — 913.77 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping 2.892 million gallons of surface water Wednesday, and 1.936 million gallons of well water were used. [email protected] Assault-Awareness Month April has been proclaimed Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Green ribbons are available at the Women's Center to wear in support for the awareness of survivors of sexual assault in our community. Call 620-7520 to have a presentation for your group, club or business. Visitor Cantar volunteers neoclod The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers for the new Highway Visitor Center planned to open in mid-May. The Chamber currently has a great volunteer core, but new volunteers are needed to staff the new center. Anyone interested can call Lyn-di Moon at the Chamber office, 625-2385. Collector's showcase offers dealer space Space for dealers is still available for the Collector's Showcase and Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 31. The event is sponsored by the New Braunfels Conservation Society. Call 629-2943 for information. American Q.l. Forum meeting today The American G I. Forum Chapter 1014 is holding its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today at the American Legion Hall Post 179 on Coll Street. Aggie Club happy hour on tap The Texas A&M Aggie Club will hold a happy hour at 5:30 p.m. today at The Old Icehouse located at 1407 W. Highway 81. Ste. Peter and Paul Sock Hop slated A ‘50s Sock Hop to benefit Sts. Peter and Paul Youth Representatives to the National Youth Conference in Kansas City, Mo., will be held for adults 21 and older from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday. Admission to the non-aicohol party will be $10 a couple and will include refreshments and entertainment. Call 625-1243 to RSVP. pl-'' ,:p> . . I ...j:..-.....iL'is'X 50 CENTS Vol. 145, No. 106Program puts folks in homes Plan assists low-income residents in purchasing revitalized property By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Bridge under troubled waters Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall Several onlookers gel a glimpae of the submerged Guadalupe River bridge at Gruene. The high waters are a result of a Canyon Dam release of 4,000 cubic feet per second by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — Rising waters in Canyon Lake have forced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close boat ramps, picnic sites and roads in parks around the lake. Park Ranger David Quebedeaux said since the lake had risen from recent rains and increased inflows coming into the lake, the closings were necessary. “It has put a lot of boat ramps underwater,” Quebedeaux said of the increased lake level. “We have picnic tables and campsites underwater. Roads at Cranes Mill Park are underwater.” The closings were made Monday. As of Wednesday, the lake’s level was 914.34 feet above mean sea level. This level is five feet above the conservation pool level of 909 feet above msl. The increased level is a result of heavy rainfall the upper Guadalupe River basin received last week. Two to four inches of rain fell in the Kerrville to the New Braunfels area, increasing inflows at the Spring Branch gauge to as much as 12,000 cubic feet per second last week. On Wednesday morning, the inflows were 1,660 cfs. As a result, the Corps of Engineers increased the release rate from Canyon Dam from 3,100 to 4,000 cfs Wednesday morning. The Corps of Engineers will continue to release water until the lake drops to 911 feet msl, at which time Corps of Engineers officials will review the release rate according to the amount of water coming into the lake. The rising waters Hooded the Gruene Bridge ami forced the city to shut it down to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Quebedeaux said one ramp at Crane’s Mill Park and all ramps at Comal and Potters Creek parks have been closed. Boat ramps at Little Jacobs Creek Park and Canyon Park are still open for public use. North Park and Jacobs Creek Park have been closed since the fall because of construction. Those parks are expected to reopen in May. HerakJ-Zeitung photo by Michael DarnaU A large group of rafters from Discount Tire in San Antonio braved the cold, fast waters of th# Guadalupe River on Wednesday afternoon. Their guide in the back of the boat is Wayne “Stretch” Rousseau of New Braunfels. Camping facilities are still open for public use at Cranes Mill Park, a portion of Potters Creek Park and Canyon Park. “All facilities were built with 909 (ft msl) as the optimal operating level,” Quebedeaux said. The closed boat ramps, picnic sites and campgrounds will be reopened once the water has receded in those areas and on the roads affected, Quebedeaux said. “Once the water recedes we must allow time for the asphalt to dry out, which will take a good couple of weeks to dry out,” he said. “Any time we have asphalt underwater and we have vehicles driving on it, it will fail. It is dangerous to dove on wet asphalt.” While the Corps of Engineers has shut down most of its boat ramps, the county has not yet closed its eight boat ramps on the lake. “We looked at them and all of them so far are OK,” County Engineer Tom Homseth said. “We inspected the boat ramps and the facilities and we felt there was no need to close than at this time. We make a judgement call on each ramp as the elevation changes.” Homseth said the county will close a boat ramp if the parking area and signs around the ramp are submerged which would make it impossible to get into the ramp and threaten the safety of the festers,    - “We will still use it if part of the ramp is submerged,” Homseth said. “The concrete ramps extend a foot or two above the normal water level as the lake comes up.” Duncan Muckelroy, head park ranger at Guadalupe River State Park, said the river was running at 1,600 cfs at the park Wednesday. Muckelroy said the river at the park has been closed to tubing, swimming and other water activities since April 4. Any time the river gets to 1,000 cfs, the park closes the river to the public, Muckelroy said. “The current is too strong and swift for it to be safe for people,” he said. The rest of the state park is still open to the public, Muckelroy said. “Overnight camping, picnic facilities and day use facilities are still open,” he said. “I hope (the river) is opened by this week and I expect it will be, but we had some rain in Kerrville last night and I don’t know how much water filled the watershed.” Zero Rivers of Rockin’ ‘R’ River Rides said the current flow is not for greenhorn rafters or boaters. And it is important for rafters and boaters to have properly fitted lifejackets before they get into the water, Rivers said. “People who own their own boats and rafts should be experienced,” Rivers said. He said parties renting rafts or boats have had a guide on the trip. Rivers said he heard of dislodged trees at Wave Train above Clutter Falls and at Clutta Falls, and that people should be careful in those areas when they are rafting or boating. “Since it (water) came gradually, there is not a whole lot of debris,” Rivers said. THURSDAY New BraunfelsHerald f ^0^2    M009 1^/22/99 SO ""WE ST MICROPUBLISHING J 2627 E YANDELL BR EL PASO, TX 79903- 14 pages in one section ■ Thursday, April 10,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Robyn TrioochInside Editorial.............................. 4 Sports.................... ..................7 Comics..................... ....................8 Market Place............. ..............11-14 Dear Abby................ .....................3 Birthday wishes from tho Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Jarrod Payne, Janaia Lee, Ruth Villanueva, Sharon Haupt, Celeste Brooks, Brittany Schamaun (8 years old), Ezekiel Ruiz, Cody Kathleen Grindell (15 years old), Robyn Triesch (ll years old), Austin Ohlenbusch (7 years old), Jessica Garcia (13 years old). Happy anniversary wishes go to: Ernest and Iris Schraub, David and Janie Gonzales. To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Report confirms aquifer lossWater discharge twice that of recharge in ‘96 By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A report released this week by the United States Geological Survey confirms what water experts were already anticipating: Water leaving the Edwards Aquifer last year was more than two times the amount that was returned. Basing their study on state govern ment reports and their own monitoring, USGS officials reported that an estimated 705,600 acre feet of water was discharged from the aquifer while only 324,300 acre feet was returned in 19%. Comal and San Marcos springs accounted for 198,000 acre feet of the discharge with the majority of withdrawals coming from municipal and irrigation wells. The report comes at a time when winter and early spring rains have brought the aquifer level from critical period stages several months ago to only three feet below its average for the month at the J-17 measuring well in San Antonio. One month ago the level was almost eight feet lower and water experts were Turn to Aquifer, Page 2ANo time for voter apathy. See Page 4. ;