New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 5, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Volunteers work to clean Panther Canyon
By Jena Coolidge
It’s been almost a year since floodwaters ripped through Panther Canyon on June 9, 2010.
But even after a year, there’s still a lot of work to be done to repair the damage.
A cleanup crew informally known as Panther Canyon
Future Panther Canyon cleanup days will be scheduled. To get involved, email Rosemary Patterson at [email protected]
Pride gathered Saturday morning at Panther Canyon to remove more debris and work on the canyon trail as part of National TYails Day. Project leader and organiz
er Rosemary Patterson loves to walk the trail with her husband and recalls visiting Panther Canyon weeks after the flood.
“I remember we had to come from the top and the canyon was covered with the stones, wire and wood,” Patterson said. “Everything was flipped and turned everywhere, and it really gave you a
sense how damaging the water was.”
Although Patterson made efforts in prior months for clean-up days, fewer than ten people showed up to work.
On Saturday, however, 51 people representing many organizations, including the Army National Guard, arrived
See CANYON, Page 8A
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EDWARDS AQUIFER RECOVERY IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAM
EARIP looks at Landa Park
Group tries to make life better for local wildlife
By Greg Bowen
Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program members continue their planning for the proposed installation of Environmental Restoration and Protection Areas (ERPA) and other improvements in Landa Park to make life better for the park’s endangered species.
But documents obtained from the group show it’s struggling with the details of the two planned ERPA — and is suggesting the creation of a scientific review panel to provide oversight on the ERPAs and the studies that would be conducted in them.
In the first ERPA, the endangered Comal Springs riffle beetle would be protected and studied in facilities to be built in the park’s Spring Run 3, the spring-fed stream which runs alongside the historic Landa Lake Gazebo.
The riffle beetle is one of four endangered species in the park’s Comal Springs, Comal River and Landa Lake. Others are the fountain darter, Comal Springs dryopid beetle and Peck's cave amphipod.
The riffle beetle ERPA would consist of an underwater sump pump in the middle of Landa Lake that would work with intake screens and hoses and a pipe that would run the length of Spring Run 3 to supply water to the riffle beetle habitat during dry times.
While New Braunfels City Council in April supported the riffle beetle ERPA, that support came with the proviso the piping system be buried and undetectable by visitors to Landa Park.
EARIP’s ERPA Work Group members could not agree on what should be done next “as concerns exist that burying the needed infrastructure may negatively impact the habitat,"
See EARIP, Page 8A
a l| r\ i r» « • • - . Photos by LAURA McKERIZIE/Herald-Zeitung
Ashley De La Cruz, 9 plays in the spring^fed pool at Landa Park on April 8. The wading pool Is fed by water from Comal Springs. An Edwards Aquifer program Is charged with protecting endangered species In the springs.
Long-term goals for habitat of springs species proposed
Low tree branches are caught in the current as water from Comal Springs flows into Landa Park on April 8.
EARIP is a regional group working to develop a plan to protect endangered species in Comal Springs and San Marcos Springs from drought and aquifer overpumping.
It is seeking a federal Incidental Take Permit, which would Help protectthe ttyjf water recreation industry from lawsuits by allowing a ©nail number of endangered creatures to be killed or harmed incidental to the conduct of lawful actions tike water recreation or aquifer pumping.
The group will next meet at 10 a.m. June 9 in San Antonio to discuss ERPAs and other issues. The meeting will be at San Antonio Water System Customer Center at U.S. 281 and Mulberry Avenue.
By Greg Bowen
EARIP is proposing what it calls “long-term biological goals” for the habitat of the four endangered species in Comal Springs, Landa Lake and the Comal River.
Those species are the fountain darter, Comal Springs riffle beede, Comal Springs dryopid beede and Peck’s cave amphipod, all of which depend directly on water in or discharged via the springs from Edwards Aquifer for their survival.
The long-term biological goals are habitat-improvement strategies targeted at making the species’ native homes more conducive to their
survival and recovery, said EARIP Program Manager Robert Gulley.
EARIP is proposing its long-term goal for the darter habitat be to maintain healthy levels of the aquatic plants favored by the darters; and to restore and protect the darter
See SPECIES, Page 8A► SELECTIVE SERVICE
New law makes it easier to register
Wentworth effort ties driver’s license paperwork to ‘draft’
By Greg Bowen
Young men who apply for a Texas driver’s license will be automatically registered with the Selective Service for potential military conscription under a bill authored by New Braunfels’ Sen. JeffWentworth and signed by the governor on May 28.
The new law takes effect Sept. 1.
Current Texas law allows young men ages 18-26 to check a box indicating their desire to register with the U.S.
Senate Bill 132 by Wentworth R-San Antonio, removes th< voluntary check box.
Wentworth's bill mandate; a notice be placed on driver’: license application that wil read: “By submitting thii application, I am consenting to registration with the Unitec States Selective Service System if my registration is required by federal law."
Most male U.S. citizens and male immigrant non-citizens between the ages of 18 to 25 are required by law to have registered with the Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday.
The bill also requires a driver's license application to give written notice to an applicant that information regarding alternative service options for applicants who object to conventional military service for religious or other conscientious reasons is available upon request.
In other action:
• House Bill 1952 by Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, which relates to alcoholic beverage seller-servers and to seller-training programs, was signed by the governor May 28 and is effective immediately-
• Kuempel’s H.B. 1953, relating to notice by sign of an alcoholic beverage permit or license application, was
See REVIEW, Page 8A
LOCAL RIVER FLOWS
cfs - cubic feet per second
• Guadalupe at Sattler 54 cfs
• Guadalupe at New Braunfels 74 cfs
• Comal at New Braunfels 200 cfs
RIVER FLOW RATE GUIDE
• RECREATIONAL—100-499 cfs
• CHALLENGING- 500-799 cfs STRENUOUS-800-1,199 cfs
• DANGEROUS —1,200+ cfs
Optimal tubing on the Guadalupe Is between 200 cfs and 600 cfs. Tubing below 1000 cfs. Rafting i the mode of choke for levels above 1,000 cfs.