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MARCH NEWS 2006

Important Events

OUR NEXT COASTAL BEND GROUP SIERRA CLUB MEETING
April  18, 2006

Time: 11:30 - 1pm
Place: Central Library

COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB March 2006 Meeting Minutes

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club met from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm at the Central Library on Comanche St. on Tuesday, March 21.

After introductions, Chairperson Pat Suter mentioned that minutes of the last meeting were on the web and called for a treasurer’s report. Treasurer Teresa Carrillo stated that the balance was approximately $3300 and that the remainder of the funds had been invested in stair-step CD’s with a lenient early withdrawal penalty.

Earth Day/Bay Day will be at Cole Park on April 22nd and Coastal Bend Sierra Club will be one of the sponsors and will also have a booth. The Planning Committee for the event is meeting weekly and a pre-event social will be on April 13th at the Art Center.

Edith Cosgrove and Joyce Jarmon reported on recent Long Term Health Committee meetings. Industry representatives report that the new Flint Hills and TCEQ infrared cameras seem to be helping to lower carbon monoxide and benzene emissions.

Venice Scheurich reported that the new turtle lab on Padre Island National Seashore is now open and that the incubation facility has approximately four times the capacity of the former lab. Orientation for this season’s turtle volunteers has been held and patrols start on April 2nd.

Kenn Jobe said that the city no longer has an active recycle committee in the solid waste department. However, Paul Bass is a new administrative superintendent for streets and solid waste and he has agreed to provide fifty recycle receptacles for this year’s Earth Day/Bay Day event. Kenn also reported that he and Teresa Carrillo are active on the Oso Creek Planning Committee.

Teresa Carrillo reminded the group that Governor Perry has recently appointed nine Texas citizens to the state’s Environmental Flows Committee. Pat Suter appointed Teresa to monitor and report on the committee’s meetings and decisions for our Coastal Bend Sierrans.

Hal Suter reminded members that voting to elect three of six candidates to the National Sierra Club’s Board is underway and that ballots are due in the home office by noon EST on April 24th. Hal gave a brief biographical sketch of each candidate.

Chairperson Suter reported on the Bays Foundation program on the proposed wind farm in Kenedy County. PPM, the company proposing to build the project, has appointed Pat to the Technical Advisory Committee. She stated that opposition to the project was expressed at the meeting by King Ranch and by an Audubon representative from Austin. National Sierra has come out in favor of the concept of wind farms and Hal and Pat Suter have been invited to serve on the technical committee. Pat emphasized that each project would need careful planning and monitoring because "the devil is in the details" even though the overall concept is good.

The last topic discussed was the issue of upcoming City Council action on the Padre Island Beach Closure. The Council’s first vote is expected today followed by the second on March 28th. Pat announced her intention to speak at today’s meeting against closing the beach to vehicular traffic.

Submitted by Venice Scheurich



January 2005 Kemp's Ridley Update by Mina Williams & Venice Scheurich

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Pat Suter 852-7938 Chairman
phsuter@stx.rr.com    
     
Mina Williams 882-1179 V.Chairman
Teresa Carrillo 361-672-4703 Treasurer
Venice Scheurich  241-4289 Secretary
Hal Suter 852-7938 State Delegate
     
COMMITTEE CHAIRS    
     
Venice Scheurich  241-4289 Conservation
Bill Alling   Air Quality
Kathy Griffith 578-5291 Membership/Publicity
Hal Suter and Mina
Williams
852-7938 Political
Hal Suter 852-7938 Walks
Hal Suter 852-7938 Rep. to Lone Star Ch.
Kathy Griffith 578-5291 Field Trips
Teresa Carillo 882-3439 Field Trips
Cheryl McGrath   Webmaster



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        P.O. Box 12068                            GLO 1700 Congress Ave.
        Austin, TX 78711                         Austin, Texas 78701

         Commissioner (Chairman)       President George Bush
          TCEQ                                        The White House
          P.O. Box 13087                       Washington, DC
          Austin, TX 78711                     president@white-house.gov
                                             
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