New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 140, No. 24Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY I Home of Felix Garcia
1 Section, 10 Pages
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day religious celebrations in New Braunfels include the following:
• First Protestant Church, 172 W. Coll St. Christmas Eve caroling with a brass band on the front lawn at 10:30 pin., and candlelight service at 11 p.m.
• First Baptist Church, 733 Cross St. Christmas Eve service at 5 pm.
• Holy Family Catholic Church, 245 S. Hidalgo Ave. Christmas Eve masses at 8 p.m. and midnight. Christmas Day masses at 8 arn. and IO am.
• Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 386 N. Casten Ave. Christmas Eve children's mass at 5 pm., and additional masses at 7 p.m. and midnight. Christmas Day masses at 8 am. and 9:45 am.
• St. John's Episcopal Church, 312 S. Guenther St. Christmas Eve holy eucharist at 5 pm. and 10:30 p.m. Christmas Day holy eucharist at 9 am.
• Cross Lutheran Church, 169 S. Hickory Ave. Christmas Eve service at 7 pm. Christmas Day service at IO am.
• St. Paul Lutheran Church, 181 S. Santa Clara Ave. Christmas Eve services at 5 pm., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
• First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio St. Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6:30 pm.
• Bracken United Methodist Church, 20401 Nacogdoches Rd. Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 pm.
• Faith United Church, 970 N. Loop 337. Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6:30 pm.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes today to Krystal Eve Espinoza.
Belated birthday wishes go to Dennise Conran.
The city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and New Braunfels Utilities will sponsor the fifth annual Christmas tree recycling program at Landa Park beginning Dec. 26. An area in the swimming pool parking lot will be designated as the site to receive the trees.
More than 1,260 trees were recycled last Christmas, and about 3,500 Christmas trees have been recycled during the last four years
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It will be partly cloudy today with the high temperature reaching about 61 degrees. Expect a cloudy Christmas day tomorrow when the high will reach about 65. There is a slight chance of rain in tomorrow's forecast.
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Aquifer rising after week of rain
Water level jumps 17
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
The water level of the Edwards Aquifer jumped 17 feet since heavy rains began to soak the region last Wednesday, according to a Monday reading by the Edwards Underground Water District.
Monday’s water level of 673.9 feet beat the monthly average of 666.1 feet and indicated a faster rate of increase than any other comparable five-day period, according to a statement from Kelly Morris, the district’s information and education manager.
Comal County Commissioner Neil Craigmiie, Precinct 2, emphasized that the benefits are temporary because this aquifer does not hold the water it captures.
“The recharge has to be continuous,” Craigmiie said. “That’s why it is so important to have a management plan that is a unique plan to the Edwards Aquifer, because the Edwards does not act like a lot of other aquifers,” which hold their water.
“This is a sudden activity and our water concerns are still with us,” he said. “This solves them for the short term but this is not a long-term solution.”
The period of run-off is not over, and district officials believe another three- to six-foot rise in the water level is possible, according to Morris.
The Guadalupe River at the U.S. 281 bridge was still raging Sunday afternoon as storm waters from the Hill country flowed to Canyon Lake. (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)
The officials estimate that their four recharge dams in Medina County contributed greatly to the rise in the aquifer by capturing water that otherwise would have been lost, she stated.
They predict recharge could surpass the 20,000 acre feet of water that was recharged at the dams during record rains in 1987. The dams average about 5,000 acre feet of recharge per year.
Officials may seek federal assistance
By LARRY ROWE SUH Writ*
Road damages left behind by last week’s floodwater continue lo soak up thousands of city and county dollars this week, and one Comal County official said Monday he will ask for federal assistance.
“We haven’t even barely gotten started-on repairing damages," said Larry Kearney, director of the Comal County Road Department.
Kearney said that even in this early stage, road repairs have already cost the department $30,(XX) since last week, and he expected to exceed $ 1500 in
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Debris flowed with the current of the Guadalupe River as the raging hood waters above Canyon Lake dam washed away banks taking trees and other items. (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson.
Release of water will be delayed from Canyon dam
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The Canyon Lake Reservoir flood pool is filled to 34 percent of capacity and releases of the additional water will be delayed until downstream conditions improve, said Sally Werst, public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District
We hold the water there until e downstream area, beneath the am, has sufficient capacity to permit us to make gradual releases to bring the flood pool down and so that we don’t cause additional
flooding downstream,” Werst said.
Inflow to Canyon Lake crested at over 74,000 cubic feet per second on Saturday and was down to 12,000 cfs by Monday. Sunday’s inflow was 53,000 cfs. All parks at Canyon Lake were closed over the weekend because some roads were underwater. The parks will probably remain closed for 2-3 weeks to allow the roads to dry out properly, officials said.
“It’s really a ‘good news’ story that your tax dollars and mine are working to control flooding,” Werst said.
The Corps of Engineers flood control project system divides the reservoir up into three levels. The first layer is “dead storage" that consists of sediment and unusable water. The second layer is known as the "conservation pool" or normal level. The third layer is the flood pool.
"We like lo keep (the level of) our lakes to the top of the conservation pool," Werst said.
"But in reality, no lake is ever at a constant level."
Werst added that the Corps’ objecuve is to get the water level
out of the flood pool as fast as possible without causing flooding in case additional rainfall adds to the total.
"lf we kept the 34 percent md kept adding to that until we reached HO percent then it's perfectly obvious that the flood waters would no over the millway and would contribute to downstream flooding," she said.
Watching the water levels and
managing the passing of potential floodwater through the system is a constant and cooperative venture among several agencies. These
include the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority and the National Weather Service.
"We ail work together — all the different entities —■ we ail know what each other is doing," Werst said. "We're monitoring it constantly both via satellite and in person."
Corps of Engineers* rangers check the levels at the Canyon Lake and the agency also has
meters dun beam daim to a satellite that relays the information to the district office in Fort Worth, Wertz said.
1 shopping day to Christmas
Green Santa patrolling for presents
By ROBERT STEWART Stair Writer
Employees of the Comal County Sheriffs Department, Comal County Jail and Mental Health-Mental Retardation (MIIMH) distributed food and toys to families in need on Munday as pan of the Operation Orem Santa program.
Dus third year of the program proved lo be the biggen yet as 15 families were served.
“We've done a lot better this year arid we’re going to start even earlier next year," said Sharron Faulkner, administrator at the Sheriff's Department, “We got the names from MHMR and some officers recommended families they knew were in need "
Gift items and money were donated by officers of the Shun IT s Department and the jail as well as citizens.
Jimmy Ortiz, g Comal County Jal) employee helps deliver toys. (Photo by Robert Stewart)
City and NBU may intervene in lawsuit
By LARRY ROWE Slatf Writer
The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities may now intervene in a lawsuit over the Edwards Aquifer after a pre-trial hearing Friday, which unexpectedly moved two state bodies to the side of the defendants.
At the Midland hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Lucius Bunion granted intervenor status to a list of about 15 cities, water companies and other bodies that have a stake in either side of the dispute, expected to reach trial March 30.
The suit was initialed against the U.S. Department of the Interior by the Sierra Club, which demands regulation of aquifer pumping to protect endangered species that depend on the continued flow of the Comal and San Marcos springs.
The city and NBU, which argue for the survival of the springs, were permitted to intervene on the side of the environmental group.
But the Texas Water Commission, which along with the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife unended also to intervene on the Sierra Club’s side, was unexpectedly placed alongside the Department of Agriculture on the side of the defetklems, former New Braunfels Mayor Doug Mitier said.
“The Texas W ater Commission and Parks and Wildlife are still going to be in favor of our position, even though they’re on the opposite side, which could be a plus for us," said Miller, who is attending the mediations as a consultant for the city and NBU.
“I think it’s unlikely that they will be taking the same positions as the other dcfendcnts," said Mary Ruth Holder, assistant attorney general in the environmental protection division.
“They want to find a solution to the problem and they want to do the planning and make sure the aquifer Bm AQUIFER, Baga 2