New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 13, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011Zeitung
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 50CMayor: Stage 1 drought restrictions for NBBoyer cites lack of rain, plummeting aquifer level as reason for restraint
By Greg Bowen
Declining aquifer levels and continuing drought have resulted in New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boyer declaring Stage I drought restrictions effective today.
During Stage I, landscape
watering using a sprinkler or irrigation system will be permitted only two days per week at each residence and must be within designated watering hours, which are before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
"With the area in extreme drought status and under
going a shortage of rainfall that we haven't seen since the winter drought of the 1960s, we all need to do what we can to make the most efficient use of our water resources,” Boyer said Tuesday.
According to New Braunfels Utilities, the trigger for
Stage I was hit on Monday, when San Antonio’s J-17 test well for Edwards Aquifer levels dropped below the 660-feet mark.
Mayor Boyer on Tuesday declared that Stage I drought restrictions would go into
See WATER, Page 5
WHAT STAGE 1 MEANS FOR YOU
• Using a sprinkler or irrigation system permitted only two days per week before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
• If your address ends in 0,2,4,6 or
8, irrigation days are Monday and Thursday.
• If your address ends in 1,3,5,7 or
9, irrigation days are Tuesday and Friday.
• Hand watering and drip irrigation
allowed any time.
• Vehicles may be washed at home on assigned days and times using a handheld hose with automatic shut-off nozzle or 5-gallon bucket. Wash at a commercial facility any time, any day. Vehicle-wash fundraisers are allowed, but only at commercial car wash facilities.
• Outdoor water features are prohibited.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE HEALTHY
1. Williamson County
11. Fort Bend
THE BOTTOM 20
207. San Augustine
210. San Jacinto
218. Red River
Data from www.county healthrankings.org
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NB Aero, city strike agreement
Pilots, others may sample, test fuel at center of conflict
By Greg Bowen
An agreement was being hammered out Tuesday between the City of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Aero Service in the legal flap that arose over the disputed contents of a fuel tanker.
"The agreement takes care of the city’s concerns about the product being at the airport and being sold,” City Attorney Alan Wayland said Tuesday.
The agreement also keeps under wraps for a while longer the results of an analysis of
See FUEL, Page 5
Comal ranked among 10 healthiest Texas counties
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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE
County climbs two spots in annual assessment
By Marilyn Kuehler
It’s official: Comal County really is a healthy place to live.
Comal passed its annual health check-up by ranking No. 8 in the top 10 healthiest counties in Texas, according to the 2011 County Health Rankings.
“Last year, we were No. 10,” said Gwen Mills, R.N., director of Comal County Office of Public Health. She said the upgrade confirms that “we are fortunate to live in such a wonderful place.”
County health rankings for each state are compiled annually by the University of Wisconsin Population Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a pri
vate health and health care philanthropy in Princeton, N.J. The intent of the rankings is to urge state and local health departments to find ways to keep all residents healthy.
Ranked No. 1 this year as the healthiest county in Texas was Williamson County, with its county seat in Georgetown. Other top 10 Texas counties were: Collin (2), Denton (3), Gillespie (4), Rockwall (5), Travis (6), Brazos (7), Kendall (9) and Hays (10).
The rankings, which were released in late March, also listed the 10 least-healthiest counties in Texas: Liberty (214), Nolan (215), Morris (216), Wheeler (217),
See HEALTH, Page 5
Male sycamore trees can cause problems for individuals prone to allergies.
Tree pollen results in rise in allergy cases
By Greg Bowen
Local allergists say they’re sure spring has sprung.
“How do we know? Well, from an allergist's perspective, a big clue is the greenish-yellow powder that has been covering roads, driveways, and cars recently,” said Dr. Priyanka Gupta, an allergist with New Braunfels' Central Texas Allergy and Asthma.
“Another clue has been the increase in patient phone
calls for medical advice during this time.”
Gupta said spring is the time trees begin pollinating, producing billions of tiny pollen spores that can travel for hundreds of miles and form that powder you see everywhere.
The Hill Country has a variety of trees, she said, but the most dominant is oak.
“Oak starts to pollinate in early March and can last until May. Oak pollen recently has reached higher levels of
pollen count than other spring trees such as elm, sycamore, hackberry, pecan and mulberry,” said Gupta.
The dominant symptoms, the allergist said, are sneezing, red itchy eyes, stuffy nose, sinus pain, coughing and headaches.
“Some allergy sufferers end up with sinus infections, asthma attacks and eczema flare-ups because of their allergy symptoms,” she said.
See ALLERGY, Page 5
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