New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Senior League Astros beat the Braves. See Sports, Page 6.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Kevin Jordan (belated, six years), Sarah Woelfel (ll years), Margaret Seibert, Jabier Meno, Jrn Jana Harkins and John Rauch.
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provided by Dr. Rank Hampel.)
River Information Comal RKrar—141 cubic feet per second, down S from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Pansier Canyon Wei —622.36 feel above see tevei. down .06 from yesterday.
Canyon Dam dtedmge—75 cfs Canyon Like Mlow—40 cis Canyon Lake level —006.00 feet above aaa level. (Below conservation pool.)
Earl Minded to speak at Civic Center
Dr. Earl Minded will speak at 7 p.m. tonight at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Reservations are recommended. Call 1-800-646-5746, enter code 8434.
Minded is the author of the book ‘Earl Minders Vitamin Bible.' which has seven million copies in print around the world. He has also authored several other books on vitamins and nutrition and has appeared on the 'David Letterman Show* The Oprah Winfrey Show* and others.
Children's Museum begins rslocstion
The Children's Museum of New Braunfels begins its 'Operation Relocation' Saturday. The museum will close Friday at its current location at the Courtyard Shopping Center and reopen June 8 at its new location. New Braunfels Factory Stores, Suite 530. The public is invited to attend the grand opening, complete with new exhibits, June 8 at the new location. For information, cad 620-0939.
Canosr survivors to
American Cancer Survivors Celebration Day will begin at 1 p.m., June 2, at Cypress Bend Park. The event promotes awareness of and celebrates cancer survival. Dr. John Heman, president of the local unit of the American Cancer Society will speak. Refreshments will be served and games are planned.
Hsmumn Sons to
New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge #21 will meet at 3 p.m. June 2 at the Lodge Had. Bring a covered dish.
Nowoomors Club to
The Newcomers Club will hold its monthly meeting June 4 at the Senior Center, 655 Landa St. Coffee and donuts at 9:30 am, meeting at 10 a.m. Cloggin Meisters and the Hid Country Dancers will provide entertainment. Bob Peterson of the American Cancer Society will give a presentation.This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
GBRA cuts Guadalupe River flow by 40 percent
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Tubing the Guadalupe just got harder. The flow from Canyon Dam into the river was cut Wednesday from an already low 130 cubic feet per second of water to 75 ch.
Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority General Manager Bill West made the announcement at a press conference in Landa Parte Wednesday.
GBRA made the decision to reduce the flow from Canyon Reservoir because of the drought that has brought only 3.57 inches of rain during the seven month period from October to April — 15 inches below the average. The amount of water entering Canyon Lake has averaged just 40 cfs during the past two weeks.
“We feel this is die prudent thing to do,** West
Outfitters say ifs still good for tubing
said. “I know this is not good news for the outfitters who make their livelihood on die river and not good news for people downstream (on the Guadalupe River near Victoria)... We must adjust our lifestyles... We all collectively must sacrifice and work together. The situation is severe up and down the Guadalupe Basin.”
If the drought continues and there is no relief in site, GBRA could reduce the amount of water released from the lake even more.
West said 35 cfs would be minimum needed to meet die obligations of the downstream users.
Earlier this spring, West made comments promising that the 130 cfs level would remain the
same for the rest of die summer for the outfitters on the river. West said GBRA had to change its mind because of the seriousness of die drought “At the start of the season, we looked at die situation and compared it to the drought of the 50s,” West said. “We thought we could continue at that release (130 cfs). But this drought is more intense and more severe than the one in the 50s. We don’t know how long this drought will be.” In the 1950s, the San Antonio area was plagued by a seven-year drought.
As of Monday Canyon Lake was at 905.96 feet above mean sea level, which is three feet below the full reservoir level of909 msl.
River outfitters tried to put die best spin on the river flow reduction by GBRA.
“We have to adapt to it,” Paul Rich, owner of Mountain Breeze, said. “You can still tube at 75 cfs... lf people understand what is going on, they will come.”
Jim Dunman, general manager of Jerry’s Rentals, said the current situation could be temporary.
“The main thing is this is just a snapshot of time, it was like this last year,” Dunman said. “All it takes is a one good rainfall and we are beck in business.”
Dunman said Jerry’s Rentals will adjust and take people to areas which are still deep and put people in two-to fbur-man rafts instead of the bigger ones.
Moving day approaches
by MICHAEL DARNALL Themuse-
Hanna Gomez paints one of the exhibits et the Children's Museum's new I urn will move from its current home at the Courtyard Shopping Center to the Outlet Stores this weekend. The grand opening Ie aet for June a.
Council urged to move on new home for library
By ABE LEVY
Tire burning found to have little impact
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Tests at a plant in Buda show burning tires as feel at cement plants does not release a significant amount of pollution. A plant in Hunter started burning tires for fuel in March.
J. Lynn Davis, plant manager of the TXI Cement Company plant in Hunter, said the company has been burning tires since March. He said TXI got its permit to bum the tires from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission last year.
“We have been continuously burning the tires,” Davis said. “The characteristics of the tires are similar to the coal we have been burning. Coal is the primary fuel used for heavy industrial use.”
Last Thursday, May 23, at a public meeting at Barton Jr. High School near Buda, residents from the Buda and Kyle in northern Hays County raised concerns about the Texas Lehigh Cement Company in Buda, which also
There ar* no concerns from a health standpoint.’
—Torin McCoy, TNRCC toxicologist
bums tires. Residents expressed concern burning tires would threaten the health of children in the area. TNRCC did tests at the facility and concluded the emissions from the tire burning did not threaten the health of the residents nearby.
"The levels we saw were well below even our own conservative numbers, which are set to be real protective of children, people with existing respiratory conditions and elderly people,” TNRCC toxicologist Torin McCoy said. “There are no concerns from a health standpoint.”
McCoy said the TNRCC analyzed IOO air samples for chemicals and
found their levels well below state and federal standards.
Davis said TXI has a permit to bum 2 million tires per year, which is a 25 percent fuel replacement for coal. TXI bums shredded tires from a company in San Antonio..
“It remains to be seen whether or not we get to that number,” Davis said.
TXI, Davis said, carefully analyzed the materials in the tires before they started burning them.
“We analyzed the tires’ volatiles, the components which catch fire and bum,” Davis said. “The combustible components (in tires) are very similar to coal. The sulfur in the tires is very similar to or lower than in coal.”
The burning of tires helps to conserve the use of coal, which is a non-replenishabie resource, Davis said.
“The TNRCC is tentatively scheduled to do monitoring (on the TXI facility) in July,” Davis said. “So far we have had no problems, everything is going pretty good.”
Musical chairs can be a difficult game.
The New Braunfels City Council is exploring possibilities for an expanded library, but must act soon before the music ends.
The Dittlinger Memorial Library at 373 Magazine Ave has bern bursting at its seams for at least six years, said Lucille Douma, president of the seven-member Library Board.
Douma urged the council at Wednesday’s workshop to find an answer to the city's pressing literary needs.
“We’re stalemated until you’re ready to make a decision,” Douma told the council. “The Library Board is saying feat wife all of these possibilities, when do we get cracking?”
The city is planning to look into buying the old H.E.B. building at San Antonio Street and Santa Clara Avenue. Other possibilities include using the existing Civic Center at 390 S. Seguin Ave., or building a new facility on city-owned property across from the 800 block of Common Street.
Library officials said, that of the 18,000 library card holders in New Braunfels, 500 to 600 use fee library daily.
Since the Common Street and H.E.B. building plans could require a bond issue, the city is walking softly into the matter.
Mayor Jan Kennedy warned that any bond issue must be justified to the public.
“When you put on a bond issue, you’ve got to have answers,” Kennedy
said. “We’re looking at the next duce to five years. We’re going to be in trouble wife fee municipal building and police building.”
But council member Paul Fraser said a bond issue would force fee issue wife the public, which ultimately has fee final decision.
“lf we do it on a bond issue, and fee citizens voted it in, then we’ve done something for fee future,” Fraser said.
The bond issue could be about $2 million.
City Council will go into executive session June IO, after its regular meeting, to take action on fee land possibilities.
The city plans to fill any vacant buildings from the library move with departments that need new facilities.
While council members consider a new library space, other departments are also knocking on the door. They include a new police department building, municipal building and civic center, as well as leasing more land for Little League baseball fields.
The requests reflect fee city’s expansion as population and new construction increase at a steady rate.
New Braunfels has gone from 22,402 residents in 1980 to almost 32,000 this year, according to recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
The National and American Little Leagues are waiting for a contract wife fee city to develop about 44 acres at the southern intersection of Loop 337 and the railroad track and the Dry Comal River. About eight fields would be built for fee estimated 1,200 Little Leaguers.
The leagues need to raise about $200,000 for fee project.
File now for NBISD races
It’s time to start the local election process again. Monday marked the beginning of the filing period for two seats on the board of trustees for fee New Braunfels Independent School District.
Elections for districts 3 and 5 will be held Aug. IO. As of Wednesday, Carlos Campos had filed for District 3 and Rocky Hill filed in District 5. Two others have announced an intent to file, but had not yet completed fee nec
essary paperwork. Currently, Dick Robinett represents District 3, and John Seidel represents District 5.
Individuals interested in running for districts 3 and 5 have until June 26 to file. Potential candidates can go to the Superintendent’s Office at the Education Center during normal business hours to file.
The trustees serve a three-year term.
For additional information, call the education center at 620-6200.
Local Edwards board representative sees no way to avoid dry springs
By DENISE DZIUK
One local representative on fee board of directors of the Edwards Underground Water District said it is inevitable that the springs will go dry, and the issue is now protecting the water source from contamination. He said it is an issue facing the entire aquifer region.
Comal County board member Jack Ohlrich said fee Comal Springs are going to go thy, and it is just a matter of
time. He said he thinks Comal Springs will stop flowing when fee Panther Canyon well drops to 620 to 619 feet above sea level. The Panther Canyon well, located in Landa Park, measures fee aquifer level. Wednesday, it measled 622.41 feet above sea level. As of Monday, spring flow was at 147 cubic feet per second, about half the average spring flow.
“The springs are going to go dry. There’s no question about that,” he said. “(The DMP) is only a measure to try to prolong fee process and hopefully
it will rain during that time.”
Cfelrich said recent comments made by fee mayor of San Antonio regarding the springs were off the marie. San Antonio Mayor Bill Thorton lashed out at federal biologists last week, saying it is frustrating and wrong for San Antonio to suffer economically under drought measures to save endangered species living in the springs.
Ohlrich said that if the aquifer level goes too low, there is a possibility of the fresh water being contaminated, “and that would be disastrous.” He
said San Antonio is operating under the assumption that the aquifer is an unlimited water source.
“No one knows how much of feat is recoverable. No one has any idea if we will contaminate it, and if so, when,” he said.
Data collected since the 1950s has been inconclusive in terms of low aquifer levels changing the boundary between the fresh water and saline water in the Edwards Aquifer. Seven agencies began an intensive water quality sampling program Tuesday to col
lect additional data on the topic. The program is aimed at trying to determine if saline water will seep into the fresh water or fee springs, and if it does, where and how much. The “bad water line”, where the concentration of total dissolved solids in the groundwater is 1,000 milligrams per liter, is just half a mile from municipal wells in New Braunfels.
“How can we worry about our species if we could contaminate our whole water source?” Chinch adfedReasons to save fountain darters and riffle beetles. See Opinion, Page 4.