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September 2011

Newsletter for the Residents of Fair Oaks Ranch

Volume 1, Issue 5

Time to Foster Some Fall Fare


The temperature may be sweltering, but now is the time to start planting your fall garden! Delay in planting some vegetables could result in less produce on the table later. For a comprehensive list, check out Jerry Parsons’ fall vegetable seeding guide for San Antonio (Region III). In the meantime, here are few plants and dates to get you started:

There is an ongoing Exceptional Drought status in our city as well as the State of Texas; it is currently projected, at least, to persist through November 2011 (plan for longer). Water consumption decreased 5.9% the month of July only to increase 13.5% from August 1st – 17th. Reducing outside irrigation needs to continue with more conviction. Aside from lack of rain, this drought creates other issues for any water system infrastructure. As the ground continues to dry up, water mains/pipes break due to the excessive ground pressure and movement. Such a break occurred here last weekend losing 300,000 gallons out of the affected water storage tank. There are three major issues: (1) the loss of the water, (2) lack of water in tank for emergency needs, and (3) a need of 48-72 hours to refill the tank. Such a situation begins to threaten our fire emergency service capability. The City’s well production system (Trinity Aquifer) is showing abnormal strain. We lost the production of three water wells due to pump and/or motor failure; repairs are in process. Six more potable water wells are pumping air intermittently which requires they be operated manually to reduce risk of damaged pumps/motors. The top priority is to keep our water system intact to avoid (1) potential contamination, (2) inadequate water supply and (3) inability to distribute the water. All in all, one-third of the water wells demonstrate significant stress. The daily plant meter shows well production capacity has decreased nearly 50% in this Exceptional Drought indicating that the ground water table level has dropped significantly. This drought also affects the City’s ten non-potable irrigation wells for both equipment failure and production capability (they serve the Country Club’s irrigation). The water system, both from supply and distribution, can provide for our inside essential needs (cooking, drinking, bathroom, etc.). Our outside irrigation is threatening those basic needs both short term and long term in this Exceptional Drought. So how can we minimize the effects of this uncontrollable drought on our water supply?

By Mark A. Peterson

VEGETABLE Now: Southern peas and tomato transplants Sept. 1: Potato and snap beans Sept. 10: Summer squash Sept. 20: Cole crop transplants (broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts) Oct. 16: Herbs (cilantro, chives, dill, basil, parsley) Nov. 15: Spinach Watering is the most important activity in determining success in the garden, with fertilizing a close second. Drip irrigation efficiently satisfies both the plant’s water requirements and frees you up from hand watering every other day. Nothing tastes better than vegetables from your own garden. It’s time to venture into the sun and sweat for those tasty morsels. Mark Peterson is a conservation project coordinator for San Antonio Water System.

Work Together. Limit Outside Watering

1. Limit Outside Watering a. Run irrigation system/sprinklers only on your designated weekday b. Volunteer to reset your irrigation system between these new hours: - 3:00 am to 8:00 am and/or 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm c. Remember NO IRRIGATION SYSTEMS OR SPRINKLERS on weekends (Continued on Page 3)

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FAIR OAKS RANCH Exceptional Drought Ramifications (Continued from Cover Page) 2. Evaluate inside water usage habits and conserve, such as a. Full loads only for dishwasher/washing machine b. Turn water faucets off versus letting them run c. Listen for toilet leaks, etc. and fix promptly d. Initiate other daily water conservation opportunities in your home e. Check your yard for potential water pipe leaks and fix quickly What happens if there isn’t a volunteer decrease in water consumption? To ensure water supply for FIRE and to avoid contamination possibilities, the Mayor may declare a Public Health and Safety Emergency resulting in no outside water irrigation superseding Drought Stage 3 and Drought Stage 4 triggers. If Exceptional Drought no longer a threat, the Drought Contingency/Conservation Plan continues. Follow Water Well Level Updates at: http://fairoaksranchtx. org/index.aspx?NID=218 (copy and paste into browse)

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Have a howling good time and help the Central Texas SPCA save homeless pets in our community. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever on Saturday, September 10th at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock, Texas. The morning starts with a 2K pledge walk for homeless pets and then the festival fun begins. We’ll have music, food, vendors, fun games and activities for kids, activities for dogs, low cost microchippping, a costume contest for dogs and humans, and much more. The top fundraisers in the 2K pledge walk will win great prizes! Please visit www.centraltexasspca. org for more information.


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Establishing a normal school routine can be hard for children of any age after the long lazy days of summer. Dr. James H. Bray, a family psychologist and associate professor of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, offers the following tips to help make going back to school a less stressful experience for children and parents. • Get kids into the school mode early. Many children have a summer schedule that includes staying up late and sleeping in. Kids need at least a week before school starts to get back into the school schedule. • Develop a plan. Doing things like buying supplies and clothes, and finding out about schedules and teachers in advance, rather than waiting to the last minute, helps reduce stress for parents and kids. • Talk with children about their fears and concerns and do some advance problem

solving and planning.-Get involved with your child’s school by getting to know the teacher and discussing their expectations. • Talk to your children about what they want to accomplish and get out of their school year. Discuss their academic and social goals, but emphasize balance. BACK-TO-SCHOOL CHECKLIST SHOULD INCLUDE EYE EXAM

Preparing for the start of a new school year? Remember to get a new backpack, paper and pencils, and get your children’s vision screened as part of their back-toschool checklist. “Poor vision can interfere with learning, school performance, participation in sports and other activities, as well as self esteem,” said Dr. Kimberly Yen, assistant professor of ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and an ophthalmologist at Texas


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Even though it is students who will be taking the field as extracurricular school activities begin, doctors at Baylor College of Medicine say parents play an important role in keeping their kids safe. Family health history, especially heart illnesses, is important information for doctors to know during an exam, said Dr. John Rogers, professor of family and community medicine at BCM. A certain type of heart murmur and rapid heart beats can be detected during a physical, but the exam can’t determine if past family members have heart problems or if anyone has died suddenly due to a cardiac problem. Being armed with that information helps doctors know whether the student-athlete should undergo an echocardiogram or ultrasound for a more in-depth examination. Parents’ knowledge of their child’s previous injuries can also be helpful. Teens may downplay an injury, because they don’t want it to prevent them from taking part in their favorite sport. However, a parent might remember lasting effects that will help doctors determine the severity of the injury. Rogers said other issues that cannot be detected during a physical are light-headedness or shortness of breath that is not proportionate to the exertion level of the activity. Parents should keep an eye out for these issues and let their doctor know at the time of the physical exam.


Teens who start their day without breakfast are twice as likely to have diets low in iron - a shortfall that could be hurting their grades. “Breakfast supplies more than just the energy kids need to get through the morning,” said Dr. Theresa Nicklas, a professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “Teens who eat breakfast are also two to five times more likely to consume at least two-thirds the recommended amounts of most vitamins and minerals, including iron." Iron-deficiency anemia has long been known to have a negative affect on behavior and learning. Eating breakfast has been linked to improved memory, grades, school attendance and punctuality in children. In addition, intakes of other vitamins and minerals, including zinc, calcium, and folic acid, are higher among breakfasteaters, while fat consumption is lower. “It’s important for parents to realize that the nutrients teens miss when they’re allowed to skip breakfast are rarely recouped during other meals,” said Nicklas, also a researcher at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center.

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