New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 12, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Edwards Board eyes water fund, regional forum in San Marcos
Two events concerning the Edwards Underground Water District are scheduled for early this next week.
On Tuesday in San Antonio, EUWD’s board of directors at its bi-monthly will consider the creation of a surface water development fund out of the district’s revenue fund.
The board is scheduled to meet at IO a.m. in the fourth floor conference room of the Tower Life Building.
On Wednesday, EUWD will sponsor a regional forum in San Marcos to give residents of Hays County a chance to express their views related to the future water supply and consumption over the Edwards Aquifer.
Wednesday’s meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in San Marcos.
At Tuesday’s board meeting, a resolution proposing that a surface water development fund be established will be considered.
Recharge and development of alternative surface water supplies are considered to fall within the context of conserving and protecting the underground water source, said Tom Fox, EUWD general manager.
By law the water district is authorized to “conserve, preserve, protect and increase the recharge of and prevent the waste and pollution of the underground water,’’ Fox noted.
As proposed, money from the fund would be used to conduct studies, purchase land
and rights of way and undertake any other associated project as determined by the board.
Money could be diverted from the fund upon approval by the directors for other water conservation and recharge projects.
It’s expected at Tuesday’s meeting that directors of the five-county water district will adopt a budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. I.
A progress report on the district’s irrigation system efficiency field laboratories will also be given.
The primary purpose of Wednesday’s hearing is to encourage full discussion of water issues as a regional matter and to develop a consensus to which the water district and other water agencies may refer in dealing with future water requirements, said Bruce T. Foster of Medina County. Foster is chairmn of the EUWD board.
Forums, such as the one planned Wednesday, have been held in New Braunfels, San Antonio, Uvalde and Hondo. The San Marcos meeting is the last in the five-county series.
Fox expects the following issues to be addressed by participants and panel members Wednesday:
• Should an aquifer protection and conservation plan be developed?
• Should such a plan be based on a “safe yield” method of operation or on a method that results in “mining” of ground water?
• Under the "safe yield” method, what
level of well discharge is desireable? What provision should be made for Comal and San Marcos Springs? Under what conditions should surface water be substituted for ground water?
• Under the “mining” approach to operation, is there any absolute lower limit to the average water levels that is desireable?
• Studies have pointed out that there are potential effects of the “no action alternative” on downstream water users, including bays and estuaries. To what extent should these effects be considered in an aquifer protection and management plan?
• What level of government should develop an aquifer protection and conservation plan? Individual communities, local, state or federal?
• Who should participate in the development of a protection and conservation plan? How should it be financed?
• Should a protection and conservation plan consist of clearly identifiable phases implemented as needed or should a plan be implemented all at once?
• Will a protection and conservation plan require legislative action?
A panel of IO to 15 city and county officials and water authority representatives from the five counties will participate in Wednesday’s forum.
Background information will be given those attending the public meeting and discussion from the floor will be encouraged.
Local GOPs attend
Thirty-four area residents traveled to Austin this weekend to represent Comal County as delegates and alternates to the 1982 Republican State Convention.
Included among the group was Robbie Borchers, a candidate for state committee woman for state senatorial district 21.
More than 7,500 delegates and alternates from throughout the state attended the convention Friday and Saturday at the Special Events Center.
Secretary of Commerce Malcolm
Baldridge, Gov. William P. Clements, Jr., Sen. John Tower and statewide candidates were among the featured speakers.
At the weekend convention, delegates were to adopt a GOP state platform, attend workshops and conferences and approve changes in the party rules.
“We are most excited about attending this 1982 convention and representing the growing number of Repubican voters in our county,” said Dr. Charles Berger, chairman of the Comal County Republican Party.
Commissioners facing full Monday agenda
Comal Commissioners have a busy agenda lined up for their IO a.m. meeting Monday.
leading the list of speakers is Herb Syring, county emergency management coordinator, who plans to update Commissioners Court on the County Firemen’s Association.
Also on Monday’s agenda, County Auditor Bate Bond is scheduled to present a proposal to commissioners,
asking them to consider the employment of an insurance counseling firm.
Commissioners will also be asked to approve a recommendation from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department concerning quail hunting in Coma!
A briefing on a public service training academy, as well as a budget amendment, are also up for the court’s consideration.
Life and breath
'Breathing Club' meets Monday in S.A.
If you have trouble catching your breath, then come to a meeting of the new San Antonio Better Living, Better Breathing Club on Sept. 13.
Sponsored by the American Lung Association, the “Christmas Seal’’ people and Baptist Memorial Hospital System, the first meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Musselman Conference Room, first floor of Baptist Memorial Hospital, 111 Dallas Street, San Antonio.
The Breathing Club is
designed to help persons with lung disease land their families) to have a better understanding of their problem and to develop self-care skills for easier breathing and more active living.
It also provides an opportunity for mutual support among persons with the same problems.
Each free, monthly, two-hour meeting of the Breathing Club features a presentation concerning one aspect of lung disease with time for questions and discussion.
relaxation exercises are taught, and there is a social time for visiting and refreshments.
For more information, contact Karen Aufderhaar at 222-8431, Ext. 4294.
Local temperatures Friday’s high was a comfortable 98 degrees, followed by an overnight low of 68. But the mercury climbed back over IOO on Saturday, peaking at 103 degrees. Highs today and Monday should stay in the mid-90s, with tonight’s low in the mid-70s.
The sun rose at 7:13 a.m. Saturday, and set at 7:41 p.m. Today’s .sunrise was predicted at 7:14 a.m.
Isolated rainshowers from tropical storm Chris, churning in the Gulf of Mexico, fell in Southeast Texas Saturday, and a narrow band of rainfall covered western parts of North Central Texas and near Del Rio.
The rainfall did little, however, to cool temperatures around the state, which ranged from the the low 80s in Southeast Texas and the northern Panhandle and far West Texas to the mid to upper 90s elsewhere. Readings reached from 102 degrees at Alice to 71 degrees at Beaumont-Port Arthur.
Winds were out of the west and southwest in the west half of the state at IO to 15 mph, and out of the north and east at 5 to IO mph.
Widely scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop in the Panhandle and West Texas. Low temperatures should be in the 50s in the Panhandle and in the upper 60s and 70s elsewhere.
South Texas: Partly cloudy through Monday with a chance of afternoon thundershowers. Continued hot. Highs through Monday in the 90s except near IOO in the lower Rio Grande Valley. Iajws Sunday night in the 70s.
West Texas: Widely scattered thundershowers most sections through Sunday night. Cooler in the Panhandle through Monday. Highs Sunday in the low 80s in the Panhandle to the upper 90s in the Big Bend. Lows Sunday night in the mid 50s in the Panhandle to near 70 rn southern regions. Highs Monday in the mid 70s in the Panhandle to the upper 90s in the Big Bend.
North Texas. Partly cloudy and warm through Monday with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the 90s Sunday and Monday, lows Sunday night near 70.
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