Region: Blackland Prairie
Topics: Municipal Government, County Government, Zoning, Water
In the course of Helen Dutmer elected service on the
City of San
Antonio Council for 14 years and the
Bexar County Commissioners'
Court for 6 years, Mrs. Dutmer dealt with many significant
environmental issues facing central Texas. In subsequent years,
she has been active with appointed bodies, such as the San Antonio
Zoning Commission, and with non-profit environmental groups, including
the Aquifer Protection Association and the Bexar Safe Water Committee,
that weighed in on many of the same topics.
Many of the issues she has worked on
revolved around infrastructure investments and regulatory decisions
for protection of groundwater and surface water in the region.
For example, she was involved in opposition during the early 1990s to
the construction of Applewhite Reservoir on the Medina River,
construction of the Dos Rios wastewater treatment plant during the
1980s, and passage of Ordinance 48106, an early and seminal effort in
1977 to control development over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone.
February 20, 2006
San Antonio, Texas
Reels 2353, 2354