New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 27, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
IN SPORTS DAY - Unicorns baseball team eases past Pleasanton 7-5 Saturday - See Page 10A
Now Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995
■ Local citizens voice their opinions on the end of the Southwest Conference and the addition of Texas, Baylor, Texas Tech and Texas A&M to the Big Baht Mark Lyon column- 12A
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■ From ieft,Alexandra Dugger, Sara Elizabeth Quinn, and Justin Ryan Rodriguez.
for more than 142 years ■ Home of MARY ANN FELTNER
Local reaction one of suprise, satisfaction to Bunion’s order
By ROSE MARIE EASH
“Moore is a qualified individual and will probably do a good job as a monitor/* said Kenneth Dads, one of Comal County's representatives on the Edwards Underground Water District board of directors. "I think it*s best that we have a monitor to gather all this information to give to the court We will find out how much water is really being used—right now we’re just Ii* toning to individual reports —. this may require more accuracy. I know ai for aa the EUWD delegates from Comal County are concerned, we favor that monitor and I'll do my best to see that the EUWD cooperates with him.
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we're going to: m gk cooperate with him** said IkeU after reading the YJs order. "We are
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on a demand management plan
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Birthday wish** from th* Herald-Zaitiingl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Hilda Jechow, Materia King, Cecilia Moos (Monday), Blotto Adam (Solar* day), BJ. Courtright, HJR. Her* fit, Vernon C. Taylor (Monday),
| Joe Builder (Saturday), Gene H. Harris (Saturday), Joe R. Neeley (Saturday), R. L. HainUne (Saturday), Gene Harris (Saturday),
| Antonette Malmstead (Saturday), Henrietta Wendt (Saturday), Gladys Ashley, Margaret Bur dette, Patricia Griffith, Charles Hebem, Lyle Hochanadel, Jean-nine Johnson, Sam Rash, Edith Winkler, Margaret Aube! (Monday), Joyce Kihei (Monday),
I Eleanor Ischoepe (Monday), Jay | Both (Monday), Virginia Mortem (Monday), Edith Rogers (Monday), Joseph SeUo (Monday),
Earl Sessums (Monday), Roy Thomas (Monday), WUdam Ward (Monday), John Braise (belated), Va! Self (belated), Velma "Mom" Hartung (belated), Ericka Chelsea Villanueva (Jive years!), Michelle Duncan (Monday),
Mary Ann Feltncr (Monday), LU-dan Blake (Monday), Austin Tyler WUUam, Diana Lynn WUdam, Tori Simon, Louis | Roberts III, Mary Tarmkhael (Monday), Lavem Bowen, _ J ane lls Beknot, Natalie Lane, Greg Campbell (Saturday), Sara Tyler (Saturday), Cynthia Foster, Edna D. Voigt Happy Anniversary to LeRoy A Hannebre Broke (31 years!)
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New Braunfels Masonic Lodge 1109 will have an open meeting Tuesday, March I at 7:30 p.m. to present Mirabeau Buonaparte
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one teacher from New Braunfels and Canyon High Schools.
The awards are for excellence in personal achievement. The pub-Uc is invited to attend.
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San Antonio, state must pay water monitor, Bunton says
By ROSE MARIE EASH
MIDLAND - Federal District Judge Lucius D. Bunton III took aggressive steps in securing enforcement of the Endangered Species Act Friday leaving the city of San Antonio and the State of Texas to foot the bill for monitoring the Edwards Aquifer.
To enforce compliance with his order of last year which called for the state to uphold the Endangered Species Act by protecting the Comal (New Braunfels) and San Marcos spring flows with a workable Edwards Aquifer managwryra plan, Button acted aggressively by appointing Joe G. Moore of Dallas as the water monitor for the Edwards Aquifer. The foun-tain darter, which live in the Comal arid Ski Marcos Springs, is protected under the Endangered Species Act and is among several species threatened by low spring flows. The two springs are fed directly by the Edwards Aquifer.
Moore has served as senior project manager and technical reviewer on several environmental regulatory compliance projects and bu dealt extensively in water-related issues in the past, according to Bunton’! office.
Judge Bunton ordered Moore to jithfr regarding ^ outwit
to which federal agencies are ftnvting withdrawals ftom the aquifer or actions that could affect withdrawals. Bunton also ordered Moore to gather all information concerning new wells drilled, new connections made to any system and increases in the amounts of water withdrawn by or supplied to any user since June 15,1989 and the date that individial well owners, water suppliers or users first received violation notices.
Bunion's order assigned the compensation for the water monitor to the Federal defendants, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Defendant-Intervenors, the State of Texas, and the City of San Antonio in the amount of SI 25 per hour, plus expenses.
The order also said “the City of San A rennin, jn pfrrimlyr jg Wrongly urged to cooperate hilly with the Monitor. The Court further strongly urges the
HamkfZthung photo by JOHN HUSETH judge I ifehnfe Bunion's order WIN col for a weber monitor to oversea th* Edwards Aquifer and the spring flows Ut the Comal Springs (pictured) In Lands Park and tbs Bin Manos Springs.
city to take all actions necessary so that the city will be able to supply to its citizens and other water customers the substantial amounts of water currently available fiom sources other than the Edwards Aquifer it the earliest possible date. The city is strongly urged to plan to reduce significantly, at the earliest possible date, its withdrawals from the Aquifer, particularly during droughts, with minimal adverse consequences on human economic activities."
The State of Texas via the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission also was specifically “strongly urged" to:
■ Correct the March 1,1993 plan prepared by its predecessor, the Texas Water Commission, to show which withdrawals the TNRCC would limit, and to what extent and under what conditions they would be limited, to
assure th* the Comal Springs and San Marooa Springs will not drop below jeopardy levels, as defined by USFWS, * any time, even in a rope* of the drought of record.
In preparing the corrected plan, the TNRCC should assume that the repeat of the drought of record has already begun, the order said.
■ Submit the corrected plan to the Monitor and the parries by April I, 1994.
■ Take all appropriate steps so that, by April 1,1994, TNRCC will be as prepared as possible under the circumstances to initiate or help initiate implementation of an adequate plan at any time on or after that date, if it should become necessary.
Finally, the order "strongly urges" all suppliers and users of w*er from the Edwards Aquifer to eliminate the waste of water.
Local officials were surprised but happy with the extent of Judge Lucius Bunton m's order appointing Joe G. Moore, Jr. water monitor for the Edwards Aquifer and demanding compliance with the order he issued a year ago to protect the Comal Springs.
"In spite of the excellent job done by the Legislature with the Edwards Aquifer Authority bill, the unexpected ruling by the U.S. Department of Justice malting it invalid apparently made this necessary to protect the aquifer," said John Taylor, former Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority chairman and current board member. “We will cooperate with the monitor
help resolve this issue and protect the Edwards Aquifer”
GBRA wu the fir* intervener with the Siena Qub th* initiated the lawsuit in 1989 asking that the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service enforce the Endangered Species Act by assuring adequate spring flow for the __ preservation of unique species in the Comal and San Marcos springs.
"He nailed San Antonio right between the eyes," aid Doug Miller, the Comal County appointee to the BAA.
"He not only appointed a monitor, he told them what they better do. It ___ looks even mote onerous *" thin the original order. It’s gre* for ut. He's very clear that the state ha failed to provide a plan."
Bunton said in hit order,'The Court finds there is no plan in effect by any Federal, State or local governmental entity that adequately protects against violations of the ES A caused by unregulated pumping from the Edwards Aquifer. The Court further finds additional remedial relief may be necessary in order to prevent future violations of the ESA.
‘H« Halted San Antonio right
die 649 level.
They would be required to report their usage and provide information on their maximum historical usage back to 1984," he said. "It would jute be in Bexar, Comal and Hays County where our authority lies. It would be a
■■ reduction in pumping. At
the first stage, 649, there's a 15 percent reduction^ neat stage is 20 and the ne** stage is 30."
According to Heels a typical home usee only
rnmal r^^PAA *bout 1.000 g ti ion* a Comal County EAA day while 18 million *8-
appointee fie .yea is mom Site
______ 50,000 galoot a day.
Dole aid there was no
doubt the order would encourage everyone, including the state legislature, to work harder on a solution.
“If not, the federal government it going to step in H start crmtmiHwg that," he said. “I think he’s N"H in here th* he wants to know about the federal agencies' usage and San Antonio is thick with federal agencies. I don't think th* San Antonio has any aberrative but to afaid* by lh*. They**
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Amy QrumweM, daughter of Kerry A Rusty Qrunwsid was prow thanaw J unto Mtea Kaw Braunfels Saturday night by outgoing quosnHolly Qosrgso * tho ooncluolon of tho Junior Mteo Haw Braunfels finals. Tho pogoont woo held * tho N#w Braunfels Civic Cantar. 8s# Page 1B tor mors photos.
Jacobson announces expansion
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Texas Jacobson Company announced Friday its plans to expand its manufacturing plant in New Braunfels.
Owner Harvey Jacobson said the expansion will double the size of the current plant. An additional 300' x 120’ foot section will be built * the site.
Jaoobeon said the building should be completed by the erel of 1994. “We have been working on it for a couple of months and are in the planning stages now," he said.
“It (the plant) is going to be a real winner. It has been to far," said Jacobson. “In three or four years we see this being a mqjor plant."
Texas Jacobson currently employees 60 people. After the expansion, it will employ more than IOO people. Jacob-son ated all of the people working * the plant except for the engineer are local redden*.
“We like New Braunfels because the work ethic of the people is good," he mid
Jacobeon said the New Braunfels location was originally chose because it ii centrally located between Austin, Houston and San Antonio and becauM it is only 200 miles
ftom the Mexican border.
Texas Jaoobron purchased its current building on Ireetsme Highway 35 two years. The pis* began operations one year ago.
The addition wu not in the plan's original plan; however, increasing contracts caused the need for additional machinery.
“As work has come in we have had to add equipment,'' mid Jaoobeon.
The Jacobeon Group wu founded in 1949 and began by *>fking industrial feffenfft tnd oold-formed wyyw"*1 The New Braunfels plan makes plastics and works with companies such u IBM, ppnt Pmwif Sani-ftah
and Texu Instruments.
Jaoobron aud the company may ooorider building angler plan in El Paso * a1 infer (fete.
The company bu tix plans in various mu of the ration. In 1989, Arizona Jaoobeon became the Ant injection molding pl** followed by Carolina Jacob** and Tune Jacob-
These facilities include in-house tooling with ranging from 85 to 1,000 tons.Don't miss Horizons 94 - Coming 27 in Herald-Zeitung!