New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 20, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 150 No. 163
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Schertz opposes wastewater permit renewal
By Amy Clarkson
Schertz plans to “vigorously oppose” renewal of a permit that allows the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority to dump treated wastewater into the Dry Comal Creek, City Manager Dewey R Cashwell Jr. said in a note to members of the New Braunfels City Council.
“Its important to note that the discharge point for this effluent is inside the city limits of Schertz,” Cashwell said. “And we have a problem with that. We haven’t asked them to build a wastewater treatment plant and discharge it into the Dry Comal. It can’t be done without affecting the Comal downstream. Any discharge will change the river, and probably not for the better.”
Because the discharge point is inside the Schertz city Emits, Cashwell believes the city is affected by the permit renewal request and asked for a contested case hearing from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, which will consider approval of the renewal.
“We don’t want this in
Schertz,” he said. “And we’ve certainly talked to people who Eve in Northcliffe, and they don’t want a new wastewater treatment plant. It isn’t necessary and no one wants it — except the folks at the GBRA. Why are they determined to build something they don’t need?”
Under the current permit, the treated effluent is used to irrigate the Northcliffe golf course. But the new permit includes an additional treatment plant, and the water from that plant will be discharged into the Dry Comal Creek.
Cashwell emphasized that the effluent will not end up in the Dry Comal only after a heavy rain, but every day — because the golf course has all the water that it needs. Although the wastewater is treated — and is probably cleaner than the run-off that usually ends iii the Dry Comal, CashweU maintains the new treatment plant isn’t necessary.
Schertz has the abiEty and infrastructure set up to deal with “current and future” development in the subdivision, due to a partnership See PERMIT/3A
Water planning faces possible delay
By Martin MALACARA
Regional water planning could be delayed by at least two years if a group of trout fisherman gets its wish for a contested case hearing from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.
Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited wants the TNR-CC to grant a contested case hearing to keep the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority from taking an additional 40,000 acre-feet of water from Canyon Lake.
An acre-foot equals 325,851 gaHons of water, enough for a family of five for one year.
Trout Unlimited said water withdraw would impact its efforts to stock the
Guadalupe with Rainbow and Brown Trout, both nonnative species.
The river authority needs the Canyon Lake water to meet future water demands for the next 50 years.
“The (Canyon Lake) project is a key element, no question about it,” GBRA General Manager Bill West said.
West said a delay would put completion of regional water planning in jeopardy.
The next legislative session in 2003 will combine all regional water plans into a single statewide plan.
Two GBRA projects affected by the delay would be the western Canyon project and the Interstate 35 project.
The western Canyon project would bring water to western Comal County, northern Bexar County and Kendall County.
The 1-35 project would See WATER/5 A
Local child helps reunite father with missing daughter
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
"The bright green border decorated with apples on the wall at the Comal County Health Department can barely been seen — it’s covered with pictures of boys and girls from across the country, children who have been kidnapped or are missing.
But thanks to the efforts of one observant 8 year old, one of those pictures can come off the wall.
Lorelei Trujillo found an old classmate from her hometown in Mexico on the wall. The girl had been Eving
in Mexico with her mother, who allegedly took her from her father’s home in Los Angeles three years ago.
“I couldn’t beheve it,” said Karon Preiss, public health nurse at the Comal County Health Department. “It’s just amazing — a Ettle girl from Mexico found a classmate who was taken from Los Angeles here in New Braunfels. We were just all amazed.
Lorelei and her mother were at the health department to get shots for school. The family recently moved to New Braunfels from Mexico, Preiss said.
“She was just very, very observant,”
she said. “To have picked out her classmate from all those pictures — there are probably IOO by now. She had to be looking very closely. It’s truly amazing.”
Lorelei told her mother she saw a picture of Gabrielle Shulman, a classmate she left behind in Mexico. At first her mother didn’t beheve her, then she didn’t understand why the 8 year old’s picture would be on the wall in an American health department.
The two went to Preiss, who explained through an interpreter that the pictures on the wall were of miss
ing children who were kidnapped. She listened to the Ettle girl’s story and believed she knew Gabrielle.
'They knew this Ettle girl,” Preiss said. “There was no doubt in my mind. They knew her mom drove this green Chevrolet. They knew where she Eved. So we dialed the number and made the phone call.”
Preiss called the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and gave them the information. That was in January and for months, Preiss and the Trujillo family heard nothing.See CHILD/5A
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Bill Kolodzie, of New Braunfels, looks at various plant specimens collected by Ferdinand Lindheimer that are on display at the Sophienburg Museum. The specimens, which are more than a hundred years old, are on loan to the museum from the botany collection at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
Lindheimer exhibit visits New Braunfels for birthday celebration
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
Plants coUected hundreds of years ago and cataloged by world-renowned botanist Ferdinand Lindheimer are on display at the Sophienburg Museum in New Braunfels through June.
Part of the 200th birthday celebration of Lindheimer — known as the Father of Texas Botany — the exhibit is on loan from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s botany collection.
“It’s really notable when you stop and think that these plants are Et-
erally hundreds of years old,” said Michelle Oatman, executive director of the Sophienburg. ‘They are so fragile. It’s remarkable when you think of the places he traveled. He dried these flowers and then shipped them north. Think of what they went through in Texas 150 years ago, shipping them north. It makes them even more fragile.”
As part of the celebration, the Sophienburg asked the Smithsonian for some of the 2,000 Lindheimer specimens the Museum of Natural History has on display, Oatman said. The museum sent
about 26 plants from a list of 50. Officials chose the ones that could travel most easily.
“They came wrapped in acid-free vanilla envelopes,” she said. ‘Then wrapped in bubble wrap and boxed. Then those boxes were wrapped in bubble wrap and boxed again.”
The group of plant specimens — which includes juniper and cedar, scarlet pea, Snowy blue star and lantana — are mostly from the New Braunfels area but also contain plants from Mexico and other parts of Texas.
Lindheimer expert describes botanist's life work, dedication
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
Ferdinand Lindheimer deserves the title of Father of Texas Botany for several reasons — especially for his dedication in cataloging the native plants across Texas, said a noted landscape horticulturist at Texas A & M University.
At a speech at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Saturday morning, Dr. William Welch
told the audience of Lindheimer’s contributions to botany and lectured on the flowers and plants around Texas. The lecture was held as part of celebrations of Lindheimer’s 200th birthday.
“It is a pleasure to know Lindheimer’s work, and it’s exciting to see the community honor him with very special events,” Welch told the crowd. “Lindheimer’s life work is See LINDHEIMER/8A
Dr. William Welch, from Texas A&M University, signs copies of his books Saturday at the Sophienburg Museum. Welch, a horticulturist, spoke about Ferdinand Lindheimer and various native Texas plants at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre.