New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Students learn about ecological balance
By GARY P. CARROLL Hsrald-Zaltung
For New Braunfels school children, a project concerning the Comal Springs and the Comal River has been more than just a school assignment — it has been a practical learning experience in conservation.
The Schlitterbahn Waterpark is sponsoring its “What the Comal Springs Mean to Our Community" contest in the hopes that school children involved will learn about the unique ecological balance of the area, as well as of way 8 to conserve the vital natural resources.
Students participating in the contest submitted projects to Schlitterbahn Friday, and the projects will be judged and the winning entries from each school will be announced April 24.
Winners will be awarded with one-day waterpark passes. *
The projects will be displayed at the main entrance of the waterpark during Schlitterbahn’s opening weekend April 24 and 25.
However, the contest was about more than just competing and winning. It taught the children about the natural resources in the area.
“It taught us we need to recycle more so well have enough for the future, and we shouldn’t waste it," said Frazier Elementary School fifth-grader Glenn Grabs. “We shouldn’t pollute the water because when we get older it won’t be very pretty."
Chris Sundquist, also a fifth-grader at Frazier, said it is important to preserve the aquifer and the surrounding environment for the future of Comal County.
Students participated in the project as a part of a learning unit on conservation and the environment.
Students at Frazier made relief maps of the area complete with working water wells. Memorial Elementary School students drew murals and collected 70 one-gallon milk jugs to represent the average amount of water each person uses in one day.
Students from Lone Star School created a project concerning the wildlife and plant life in the springs.
Residents ride “The Serpent” at the Mighty Thomas Carnival Friday afternoon. The carnival, which finishes its run at the Comal County Fairgrounds today, was sponsored by Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School. Photo by Karla Wenzel.
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeitung
A New Braunfels water representative said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service strengthened the local position on keeping the Comal Springs flowing with a report released Friday.-
This couldn’t have come at a better time," Doug Miller, water representative for Comal County, the city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities, said.
“This is aquifer week in the legislature. Monday at 2 p.m. the Senate Natural Resources Committee will look at the aquifer bills,” Miller said. “It reinforces the urgency to accomplish a management system for the Edwards.”
Miller said a copy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife spring flow determinations for the San Marcos and Comal Springs was received by Gov. Ann Richards Friday.
The most significant parts of the report have to do with the consequences of enforcement of the Endangered Species Act.
Because the Endangered Species Act requires that federal agencies ensure their activities are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any listed species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service suggested that the more than 30 agencies whose activities result in the withdrawal of water from the Edwards Aquifer enter into formal consultation with the federal agency to determine how their actions may affect any listed species or critical habitat
The service will then issue a biological opinion and possibly an incidental statement permitting the agency to “take," or harm, listed species if they comply with the appropriate terms and conditions.
According to the report, “Based on the loss of vegetation in 1989 and 1990 in Comal Springs associated with damage by the ramshorn snail, the service believes that “take” currently begins to occur in the Comal ecosystem at 200 cubic feet per second.
“We would like to see the Texas Water Commission have oversight responsibility with some regional entity over the entire Edwards area.”
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“If effective control of the giant ramshorn snail could be accomplished, spring flow levels could be reduced to 150 cfs without resulting in “take” of the fountain darters. Flows below 150 cfs result in loss of water surface area which correlates with loss of fountain darter habitat.”
The report also said issuance of an “incidental take” permit would be “predicated on the need for the State to designate an entity that has regulatory jurisdiction over ground water withdrawal from the entire Edwards Aquifer."
“We would like to see the Texas Water Commission have oversight responsibility with some regional entity over the entire Edwards area,” said Miller.
The service said in the report that without state action to manage the water resources of the Edwards Aquifer, the federal government will have to step up its involvement in resolution of endangered and threatened species issues relative to water withdrawal for the Edwards.
According to the report, “Our preliminary assessment indicates the scope of Federal involvement in the Edwards Aquifer region may be substantial.
“If Federal programs are determined to be jeopardizing the continued existence of endangered species or resulting in destruction or adverse modification to critical habitat, significant steps will have to be taken to alter the programs so as to remove jeopardy to the species.”
“(That means) any federally funded program is at risk,” said Miller. “It’s incumbent upon everyone in this region to resolve this issue.
“Funding for military installations, HUD, and agriculture could be withdrawn," he said.
Clubs team to sponsor car show, swap
Ll. Jim Clifton of the Comal County Sheriff s Department shows off a 1969 Corvette to be auctioned at the meet.
By DAVID SULLENS Herald-Ze Rung
Final preparations are under way for an event expected to draw hundreds of old car buffs to New Braunfels late this week.
The New Braunfels Swap Meet, Car Show and Car Corral, which will run Friday through Sunday at the Comal County Fairgrounds, is sponsored by the New Braunfels Rotary Club and the New Braunfels Area Car Club.
New Braunfels dentist Dr. Fred Willard, a member of both clubs, said it
appears about 250 vendors will set up on the fairgrounds during the meet.
The event will open to the public at 7 a.m. Friday, Willard said, and will remain open until IO p.m. The meet will reopen at 7 a.m. Saturday morning. The Car Show is set to start at IO a.m.
Offered at auction at 2 p.m. Saturday will be a 1969 Corvette confiscated by the Comal County Sheriffs Department in connection with a drug arrest The winners of the Car Show will be announce after the auction.
Vendors already registered for the meet are from throughout the United
States, with one coming from Great Britain.
Swap meet spaces are $25 and can be purchased on the day of the event. For information, those interested should call Barney Calvert at 620-5950
The Car Corral portion of the meet permits anyone interested in selling a car to display it for a $25 fee.
Willard said about IOO cars are expected to be shown in tile car show portion of the three-day event Anyone wishing to show a car will be required to pay a $25 entry fee.
Admission to the event is free.
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