2012 Habitat Conservation News

August 18, 2012

New EAA website, video explain Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan

A new website and video developed by the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) help explain the purpose and goals of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan (EAHCP), which is currently under review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The website www.eahcp.org went live August 3, 2012, and features helpful background information on the development of the EAHCP, its history, mission and goals, including a new informational video. Learn More

June 14, 2012

Service Approves LCRA Transmissions Services Corporation Habitat Conservation Plan for Two Federally Listed Species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today the of availability of the final Lower Colorado River Authority Transmissions Services Corporation (LCRA TSC) Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). The Service will issue a 30-year incidental take permit to LCRA authorizing the incidental take of two federally listed species in seven Texas counties. Read More

June 9, 2012

Bastrop County landowner helps protect an endangered amphibian with a Safe Harbor Agreement (SFA)

“Like most committees, the Bastrop task force had a lot of tedious meetings without making any progress. But from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bob learned about Safe Harbor Agreements, a voluntary partnership in which private landowners aid in the recovery of an endangered species in exchange for assurances that no additional management activities will be required of them during the period of the agreement.” Read More

April 13, 2012

Enforce habitat laws uniformly

For the better part of two decades, sensitive habitat in the northwest quadrant of San Antonio and Bexar County has given way to some of the region’s most desirable residential and commercial developments. The area not only sits over the Edwards Aquifer recharge and contributing zones, it also is home to endangered species such as the golden-cheeked warbler. Read full SA Express-News article.

February 15, 2012

EAA Board Approves Aquifer Management Fee to Fund HCP Agrees to Seek Other Funding Options

The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) Board of Directors, at its meeting on Tuesday, February 14, voted to amend its budget for 2012 and assess an additional aquifer management fee of $37 per acre-foot on municipal and industrial groundwater permit holders to fund implementation of a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). Read more from AACOG.

January 26, 2012

Lawyer was the bridge over troubled waters

Robert Gulley returned to San Antonio after 44 years to accept a job with the expectation he would fail. His task was to get a 26-member committee representing industry, environmental groups, farmers and cities to agree on how to share the Edwards Aquifer. Read more from SA Express-News.