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Plan Title Plan Stage Plan Lead Region (FWS) Plan Lead Office (FWS) Species Common Name Species Scientific Name Action Priority Action Number Action Description Action Status Estimated Initiation Date Estimated Completion Date Action Lead Agencies Responsible Parties Work Types Labor Types Comments Implementation Activity Number Implementation Activity Description Implementation Activity Status Implementation Activity Estimated Initiation Date Implementation Activity Estimated Completion Date Implementation Activity Labor Types Implementation Activity Work Types Implementation Activity Responsible Parties Implementation Activity Comments Implementation Activity Species
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.1.1 Identify, field verify, and map stream crossings and major recharge features and potential sources of catastrophic spills Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Department of Transportation, City of Austin , Travis County , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Hays County, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports actions 1.1.3 and 1.1.4
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.1.2 Develop a comprehensive database to track potential sources of spills that occur in the Barton Springs watershed Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Department of Transportation, City of Austin , Travis County , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Hays County, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports actions 1.1.3 and 1.1.4
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.13 Develop and implement a catastrophic spill avoidance plan Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Department of Transportation, City of Austin , Travis County , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Hays County, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(a); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008)
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.14 Develop and implement a comprehensive regional spill containment and remediation plan Not Started Other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Department of Transportation, City of Austin , Travis County , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Hays County, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(a); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008)
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.15 Implement effective maintenance procedures for existing and future spill containment structures Not Started Other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Department of Transportation, City of Austin , Travis County , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Hays County, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(a); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008)
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.2.1 Develop and implement a regional approach to water quality protection that encompasses the entire Barton Springs watershed Not Started Other Texas Department of Transportation, Lower Colorado River Authority , City of Austin , Travis County , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, Hays County, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(a); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008)
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.2.2 Maintain a comprehensive water quality database for the Barton Springs watershed to house water quality information and evaluate the data to use in adaptive management actions to ensure long-term water quality protection Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, University of Texas at Austin, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports actions 1.2.1 and 1.2.5
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.2.3.1 Evaluate sediment quality at specific sites throughout the Barton Springs watershed Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Department of Transportation, Lower Colorado River Authority , City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports actions 1.2.1, 1.2.5, and 3.4
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.2.3.2 Determine chronic and acute contaminant transport through the aquifer and potential interactions with salamander habitat Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Transportation, Lower Colorado River Authority , City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports actions 1.2.1 and 1.2.5
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.2.3.3 Conduct baseflow, stormwater, and biological monitoring at the springs and at sites throughout the Barton Springs contributing and recharge zones Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Transportation, Lower Colorado River Authority , City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports actions 1.2.1 and 1.2.5
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.2.4.1 Monitor and evaluate the compliance of existing regulations requiring the use of BMPs and the effectiveness of new and existing BMPs on minimizing sediment and other contaminant input into the aquifer and contributing streams Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Department of Transportation, Lower Colorado River Authority , City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports actions 1.2.1, 1.2.5, and 3.4
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.2.4.2 Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of pollution mitigation programs Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lower Colorado River Authority , City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports actions 1.2.1, 1.2.5, and 3.4
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.2.4.3 Evaluate buffer zone size and location for sensitive environmental features Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lower Colorado River Authority , City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports actions 1.2.1, 1.2.5, and 3.4
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.2.4.4 Implement programs to protect critical environmental features (caves, sinkholes, fissures, springs, and riparian zones) Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(a); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008)
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.2.4.5 Reduce pollutant loading from existing development and transportation infrastructure Not Started Other Texas Department of Transportation, Lower Colorado River Authority , City of Austin , Travis County , Hays County, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(a); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008)
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.2.4.6 Monitor and evaluate the extent and effects of impervious cover Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports actions 1.2.1, 1.2.5
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.2.5 Develop, implement, and modify programs to identify and correct problems from point and non-point source discharges Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(a); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008)
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.2.6 Use existing information and conduct research to determine the potential effects of different levels of water quality constituents, pollutants, and contaminants on the Barton Springs salamander, its prey base, and its habitat Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, City of Austin , Travis County , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Hays County, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports actions 1.2.1, 1.2.5
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 1.2.7 Develop and implement a land preservation strategy for the Barton Springs watershed Not Started Other City of Austin , Travis County , Hays County, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(a); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); estimated cost is given only for strategy development; does not reflect cost associated with acquiring land 1.2.7-1 The City of Austin's Water Quality Protection Lands (WQPL) program began in 1998 with the passage of Proposition 2 of the May 1998 bond election. The goal of the WQPL is to optimize the quality and quantity of water from project lands to recharge the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer. The program accomplishes this goal by protecting and managing land in the recharge and contributing zones of the Barton Springs segment via conservation easements and fee simple purchases. In 2014, the City of Austin made three acquisitions: the Hudson tract purchase (607 acres), the Searcy tract purchase (351 acres), and the Ruby tract conservation easement (747 acres). This brought the WQPL to 28,308.95 acres - 17,526.15 acres under 18 separate conservation easements and 10,782 acres in fee simple ownership. Ongoing Current 1998 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 2.1.1 Determine aquifer characteristics and recharge patterns Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, City of Austin , Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 2.2.1
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 2.1.2 Develop Barton Springs watershed models to predict effects of increasing impervious cover, flooding, and groundwater pumping Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports actions 1.2.1 and 2.2.1
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 2.1.3 Monitor aquifer and springflow levels under normal and drought conditions Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 2.2.1
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 2.1.6 Refine understanding of water quantity requirements for Barton Springs salamander and determine withdrawal volumes and aquifer levels that will maintain adequate springflow Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 2.2.1
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 2.1.7 Refine understanding of water balance within the Barton Springs Segment so that major sources of recharge can be better located and quantified Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, University of Texas at Austin Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports actions 2.2.1 and 2.2.2
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 2.2.1 Develop and implement a regional Aquifer Management Plan using Barton Springs watershed model predictions to ensure protection of aquifer levels and springflows under normal and drought conditions Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(a); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008)
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 3.2 Monitor the health and stability of the salamander prey base Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 3.4. This action will be implemented on a continual basis.
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 3.3 Implement research programs to further study the habitat requirements of the Barton Springs salamander Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , University of Texas at Austin Research: Ecosystem Studies Graduate Student, Species Expert Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 3.4 A graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin is conducting research using stable isotope analysis to assess the feeding ecology and predation threats to the Barton Springs salamander.
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 3.4 Continue to monitor, manage, and provide protection for existing spring habitats, and modify management actions when new information warrants changes Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other City of Austin Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(a); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008) The City of Austin regularly monitors habitat conditions and conducts habitat management activities at Barton Springs.
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 4.1.4 Investigate effects of various flow levels, especially low flows, on the salamander and the spring ecosystem Ongoing Current FY 2007 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, University of Texas at Austin Research: General Species Expert Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 2.2.1 A University of Texas laboratory study of salamander response to variations in DO and conductivity has been completed. It compared metabolic rates between the San Marcos salamander and the Barton Springs salamander. Experiments were also performed to determine adult mortality and juvenile growth responses to DO levels. This research is currently under review for publication. Recommendations for future research into this subject are being considered. 4.1.4-1 Researchers Laurie Dries and Liza Colucci used 10 years of salamander survey and flow regime data to examine variance in abundance, density, and flow regime within and among four springs during drought and non-drought conditions. Salamander density and abundance differed significantly among sites. They found abundance is associated with sediment cover, water depth, and flow velocity. Associations among flow regime characteristics differed among sites and reflect the influence of impoundments. Flow regimes also changed within sites as aquifer discharge declined. During drough, flow velocity and water depth were lower; and sediment cover was higher. There were significantly fewer juveniles, young adults, and adults during drought, and reproduction appeared to be curtailed. Local flow regime appeared to dominate during drought. Altered flow regimes and groundwater withdrawal magnify detrimental effects of droughts on the Barton Springs salamander. Complete 2008 2017 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 5.1 Develop a comprehensive Barton Springs salamander captive propagation and contingency plan consistent with the Serviceýs Policy Regarding Controlled Propagation of Listed Species Listed Under the Endangered Species Act Ongoing Current FY 2006 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , Texas State University - San Marcos, University of Texas at Austin Management: Planning Species Expert, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); support action 5.3; in fy05 the City of Austin began drafting a contingency plan.
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 5.2 Develop dependable captive breeding and reintroduction techniques Ongoing Current Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, City of Austin , Texas State University - San Marcos, University of Texas at Austin Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(b); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); support action 5.3 The City of Austin maintains Barton Springs salamanders in captivity and is actively working to develop dependable captive breeding techniques for this species
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 1 5.3 Establish, maintain, and monitor captive breeding populations to maintain adequate captive populations Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, City of Austin , Longhorn Partners Pipeline, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Priority 1(a); costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); should be performed in accordance with action 5.1. This action will be implemented on a continual basis. 5.3-1 City of Austin's captive breeding facility holds 92 wild-caught BSS individuals and 453 captive-reared BSS individuals from each of the four spring sites. Courtship behavior was observed at this facility in 2012 with many hatching events averaging a 44.3% hatching success rate. Some salamanders in the program have exhibited toe/foot/limb loss. The salamanders appear to resorb a portion of their limb, then regenerate, then resorb, and so on. Pathology work, thus far, has indicated no health issues that are significant or thought to cause this problem. City of Austin staff are developing plans to investigate this further. Ongoing Current 2012 2013 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 2 2.1.4 Monitor bad water line encroachment under low flow conditions Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 2.2.1
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 2 2.1.5 Investigate aquifer recharge enhancement potential in the recharge and contributing zones Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 2.2.1
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 2 2.2.2 Develop, implement, and modify measures to protect existing recharge features from plugging and filling Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008)
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 2 3.1 Maintain a comprehensive database on the spring habitats of the Barton Springs salamander Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 3.4. This action will be implemented on a continual basis.
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 2 4.1.1 Monitor Barton Springs salamander populations in the wild to ensure long-term stability and viability Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , University of Texas at Austin Management: Population Monitoring Labor type not yet selected Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 3.4. This action will be implemented on a continual basis. City of Austin conducts monthly surveys for the Barton Springs salamander at all four spring sites known to have been occupied by this species. This is part of the requirements of the Barton Springs Pool HCP. 4.1.1-1 Barton Springs salamanders were found consistently throughout 2012 at Eliza, Parthenia (BS Pool), and Upper Barton Springs. only two individuals were observed at Old Mills Springs in June 2012. Highest counts of Barton Springs salamanders at Eliza, Parthenia, and Upper Barton Springs were 149, 52, and 28, respectively. Ongoing Current 2012 13 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 2 4.1.1 Monitor Barton Springs salamander populations in the wild to ensure long-term stability and viability Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , University of Texas at Austin Management: Population Monitoring Labor type not yet selected Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 3.4. This action will be implemented on a continual basis. City of Austin conducts monthly surveys for the Barton Springs salamander at all four spring sites known to have been occupied by this species. This is part of the requirements of the Barton Springs Pool HCP. 4.1.1-2 As of November 2014, City of Austin personnel continue to find Barton Springs salamanders at all four known spring sites at Barton Springs. Salamander counts of both adults and juveniles at Eliza Springs ranged in number from 95 to 174 in a given survey event. Salamander counts of both adults and juveniles at Main Springs (Parthenia) ranged in number from 5 to 77 at in a given survey event. Salamander counts of both adults and juveniles at Old Mill Spring (Sunken Garden Spring) ranged in number from 0 to 1 at in a given survey event. Salamander counts of both adults and juveniles at Upper Barton Spring ranged in number from 0 to 24 at in a given survey event. Ongoing Current 2014 2015 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 2 4.1.1 Monitor Barton Springs salamander populations in the wild to ensure long-term stability and viability Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , University of Texas at Austin Management: Population Monitoring Labor type not yet selected Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 3.4. This action will be implemented on a continual basis. City of Austin conducts monthly surveys for the Barton Springs salamander at all four spring sites known to have been occupied by this species. This is part of the requirements of the Barton Springs Pool HCP. 4.1.1-3 Barton Springs salamanders were discovered at several previously undocumented sites. Photos of vouchered animals and habitat are available upon request from tom.devitt@austintexas.gov. New localities include: Bello Spring, Onion Creek; Ben McCullouch Spring, Onion Creek; Emeral Spring, South Onion Creek; Pearly's Spring, Onion Creek: Spillar Ranch Spring2, Bear Creek; Stuart Spring, Little Bear Creek; and Backdoor Spring, Barton Creek. In 2015, a salamander was also collected from a monitoring well 58 m below ground in the confined portion (artesian zone) of the Barton Springs segment 15 km southwest of Barton Springs that was also assigned to Eurycea sosorum based on similarity to animals from the type locality. Ongoing Current 2015 2017 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 2 4.1.1 Monitor Barton Springs salamander populations in the wild to ensure long-term stability and viability Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , University of Texas at Austin Management: Population Monitoring Labor type not yet selected Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 3.4. This action will be implemented on a continual basis. City of Austin conducts monthly surveys for the Barton Springs salamander at all four spring sites known to have been occupied by this species. This is part of the requirements of the Barton Springs Pool HCP. 4.1.1-4 The City of Austin continues quarterly salamander counths at Parthenia, Eliza, Old Mill (Sunken Gardens) and Upper Barton Springs. Each site was searched using a drive survey method where all non-embedded substrate is searched, except for at Old Mill Spring, where a timed survey is used due to the low abundance of salamanders at that site. Every individual salamander found was identified to species and categorized by total length or measured from photographs. In 2017, the number of Barton Springs salamanders varied from 19 to 128 individuals at Parthenia Springs; 42 to 138 individuals at Eliza Springs; 0 to 4 individuals at Old Mill Spring; and 1 to 2 individuals at Upper Barton Spring. Ongoing Current 2017 2018 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 2 4.1.2 Explore and develop marking techniques and conduct mark/recapture research Ongoing Current FY 2009 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , University of Texas at Austin Research Species Expert Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 3.4 Research to develop marking techniques has begun, but mark/recapture research has not begun on the Barton Springs salamander 4.1.2-1 In October 2014, the City of Austin personnel conducted robust-design mark-recapture sampling at Eliza Spring using photographic identification methods from three consecutive days. During this time, they observed 210 unique individuals of Barton Springs salamanders. Of these, 136 were seen only once, 62 were recaptured once, and 12 were recaptured twice. They estimated a population size of 302 Barton Springs salamanders inhabit Eliza Springs. Ongoing Current 2015 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 2 4.1.2 Explore and develop marking techniques and conduct mark/recapture research Ongoing Current FY 2009 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , University of Texas at Austin Research Species Expert Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 3.4 Research to develop marking techniques has begun, but mark/recapture research has not begun on the Barton Springs salamander 4.1.2-2 The City of Austin conducted capture-recapture surveys at Parthenia, Eliza, Old Mill, and Upper Barton Springs in 2017 using photographic identification methods. No recaptures were made at Parthenia, Old Mill, or Upper Barton Springs, so they were unable to calculate estimates of abundance at those site. However, robust design mark-recapture sampling at Eliza was conducted in February and September 2017. This resulted in an estimate of abundance of 325 for February 2017 (standard error = 21) and an estimate of abundance of 91 for September 2017 (standard error = 5.5). Ongoing Current Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 2 4.1.3 Determine gene flow and migration between the four spring sites and genetic variation within, and among, the sites Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , University of Texas at Austin Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 3.4
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 2 4.1.5 Investigate the reproductive and other life history characteristics of the Barton Springs salamander Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , University of Texas at Austin Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 3.4 and 5.1
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 2 4.1.6 Investigate the genetic characteristics and variation in the Barton Springs salamander at the individual and population level Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , University of Texas at Austin Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 3.4 and 5.1
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 2 4.1.7 Conduct a population viability analysis of the Barton Springs salamander Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008)
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 3 4.2 Investigate the prevalence, character, and cause of gas saturation in the water of spring habitats in the Barton Springs watershed Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, University of Texas at Austin Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 3.4
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 3 4.3 Determine the short and long-term impacts of gas bubble trauma on the Barton Springs salamander Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, University of Texas at Austin Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 3.4
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 3 4.4 Develop and implement actions that prevent, avoid, or minimize the effects of gas bubble trauma on the Barton Springs salamander and other aquatic life in the spring ecosystem Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008); supports action 3.4
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 3 6.1 Develop, evaluate, and update education and outreach programs and materials to increase public awareness about the Barton Springs salamander and its habitat Ongoing Current Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Other: Information and Education Labor type not yet selected Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008). This action will be implemented on a continual basis. The City of Austin operates the "Splash!" exhibit and other programs designed to educate the public on the Barton Springs salamander and the Edwards Aquifer.
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 3 6.2 Develop, evaluate, and disseminate information about how to avoid spills and other sources of water quality degradation within the Barton Springs watershed Not Started Other U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Lower Colorado River Authority , City of Austin , Travis County , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Hays County, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008). This action will be implemented on a continual basis.
Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Barton Springs salamander Eurycea sosorum 3 7.1 Develop a post-delisting monitoring plan for the Barton Springs salamander Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin , Travis County , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, Hays County, Other jurisdictions/entities, as appropriate Management: Planning Species Expert, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance Costs are for 2 years at a time (i.e., 2005-2006; 2007-2008)