Recovery Plan Ad Hoc Report results

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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
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 1.15 Identify habitat characteristics and requirements Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Others Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Ecological Services Research: Population Surveys, Research: Habitat Requirements Volunteer, Graduate Student, Contract, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative Supports priority one sub-task 2.11 in part. Identifying habitat for Comal Springs invertebrates in 2014 is underway by U.S. Geological Survey, San Marcos Aquatic Resources Center, and Austin ESFO using Quick Response Program and Science Support Program funding in Landa Park.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 1.21 Determine impacts from tourism enterprises and recreational use of springs and rivers etc. Ongoing Current Others Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, San Marcos River Foundation , City of San Marcos, Lion's Club, Ecological Services Research Labor type not yet selected Supports priority one task 2.41; As part of HCP application (January 2012), the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program submitted an "Initial Study on the Recreational Impacts to Protected Species and Habitats in the Comal and San Marcos Springs Ecosystems" by Halff Associates (Appendix L) 1.21-1 Study on recreational impacts to Comal and San Marcos was funded by EARIP; Report by Halff Associates appended to HCP application; Ongoing Current Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 1.25 Identify and determine effects of pollutants from point source discharges and other discharges on listed species and their habitats Ongoing Current FY 2010 FY 2012 Others Southwest Texas State University Research, Research: Environmental Contaminants Graduate Student Supports priority one task 2.8. -some costs covered in EPA permits -includes stormwater, utility, and commercial discharge; San Marcos River Observing System under Prof. Thom Hardy intiated a watershed study using HSPF and other models to estimate nutrient and contaminant runoff to San Marcos River; expected to run two years. SWTSU is now Texas State University - San Marcos;
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 1.27 Assess water quality in the Comal aquatic ecosystem and determine possible sources of negative impacts Not Started Others U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Edwards Underground Water District , Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission , Ecological Services Research Labor type not yet selected Supports priority one task 2.8. -USGS has supported one year of study -contributes to management plan (2.42).
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 1.28 Assess adequacy of existing aquifer water quality protection provisions Ongoing Current Others U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Edwards Underground Water District , Water Management , Southwest Texas State University , Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission , Others, Ecological Services Research Graduate Student Supports priority one task 2.5. -contributes to mgt. plan (sub-task 2.11). Part of ongoing San Marcos River watershed study by River Systems Institute at Texas State University - San Marcos.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 1.4 Develop captive breeding and reintroduction techniques for all species Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Hatchery and Technology Center , Southwest Texas State University , Dallas Aquarium , San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center, Ecological Services Management: General Graduate Student, Internal Administrative Supports priority one task 2.7. -costs will decline if trials yield success earlier. Culture techniques are still being developed for Comal Springs invertebrates and salamanders.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 2.11 Maintain and implement a contingency plan to bring species into captive refugia if an emergency exists; Table of stocks and triggers to collect stocks has been updated in 2014 by San Marcos Aquatic Resources Center; Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dallas Aquarium , Others Management: General Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance Year 3 reflects costs for an unpredictable low flow period when task is implemented.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 2.12 (sub-task) Provide Service guidance and support for the regional aquifer management planning effort; Service issued EAHCP's IT permit Feb 5, 2013. Ongoing Current FY 2006 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ecological Services Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation, Management: Planning, Other: Regulations Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Administrative Supports priority one sub-task 2.11. 2.12 (sub-task)-1 Service continues to provide guidance and support by fostering the EARIP and EARIP HCP (application made Jan. 2012) Ongoing Current Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected Ecological Services is providing significant staff time in support of development of regional aquifer management plan. Staff have reviewed 1st year's annual report from EAHCP and provided recommendations
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 2.31 Continue to support proactive Federal agency conservation actions Ongoing Current FY 1995 - FY 1999 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Other Federal Agencies, Ecological Services Other: Regulations Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance Supports priority one sub-task 2.11. From base costs in part.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 2.32 Continue to support private proactive conservation actions Ongoing Current FY 2006 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Other Federal Agencies, Ecological Services Acquisition: General, Management: Other, Management: Planning, Management: Land Use, Other: Information and Education Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance Supports priority one task 2.11 -e.g. programs Partners for Wildlife.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 2.33 Aggressively pursue Federal agency compliance with obliga- tions for informal and formal consultations etc. Ongoing Not Current FY 1995 - FY 1999 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ecological Services Other: Regulations Internal Administrative Supports priority one sub-task 2.11 from base costs in part.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 2.34 Examine the potential effectiveness of legal actions such as requesting injunctions and prepare to initiate such action if a crisis appears imminent Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Edwards Aquifer Authority , Edwards Underground Water District , Ground Water Districts , City of New Braunfels (including New Braunfels Utilities, in some cases) , City of San Antonio , City of San Marcos, Ecological Services, Law Enforcement Other: Regulations Internal Administrative Initiated only in absence of adequate state or local action to curtail groundwater use.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 2.42 Develop and implement management plan(s) for the Comal River system Not Started Others Guadalupe Blanco River Authority , Lower Colorado River Authority , City of New Braunfels (including New Braunfels Utilities, in some cases) , National Fish and Wildlife Foundation , Texas Nature Conservancy , Ecological Services, OTHER LANDOWNERS Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Landowners include Comal Co. Rec. District No. 1, Schlitterbahn, and others.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 2.5 Implement measures necessary to protect water quality in the aquifer Not Started Others U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Edwards Underground Water District , Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission , Ecological Services Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Dependent on conclusions of task 1.28.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 2.7 Establish and maintain captive stocks Ongoing Current FY 1995 - FY 1999 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of San Antonio , Southwest Texas State University , Dallas Aquarium , Others, San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center, Ecological Services Management: Propagation Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative Dependent on results of task 1.4 in part.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 2.8 Reduce pollution loadings to San Marcos and Comal aquatic habitats and caves with Texas blind salamanders Not Started Others U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, City of New Braunfels (including New Braunfels Utilities, in some cases) , Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission , Landowners , City of San Marcos, San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center, Ecological Services Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Costs dependent on conclusions of tasks 1.22, 1.23, 1.24, 1.25, 1.26, 1.27, & 1.28 2.8-1 Mitigation funds from Wonder World Drive Extension were used in November 2011 to purchase a permanent conservation easement on part of the Barker Ranch in the Purgatory Creek basin; Helps to maintain water quality of runoff in recharge zone especially near Ezell's Cave, Primers Fissure and Johnson's Well Complete 2004 2012 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected Texas Nature Conservancy struck an agreement with City of San Marcos and private landowner to protect the natural vegetation on easement to benefit golden-cheeked warbler and species dependent on Edwards aquifer.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 3.1 Monitor populations and habitats Ongoing Current FY 1995 - FY 1999 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center, Ecological Services Research: Population Surveys Graduate Student, Contract, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative Supports priority one tasks 2.41, 2.42, 2.5, 2.8, and 2.11 in part.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 3.1 Survey and Monitor 3D distribution of Comal Springs Invertebrates in Comal Springs Ongoing Current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Research: Ecosystem Studies Species Expert, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance Randy Gibson, SMARC with help from Chad Norris of TPWD is surveying the first set of bore pits in Comal Springs Spring Run 1 in Aug. 2014
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 3.2 Monitor threats Ongoing Current FY 1995 - FY 1999 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Edwards Aquifer Authority , Edwards Underground Water District , City of New Braunfels (including New Braunfels Utilities, in some cases) , Nongovernmental Organizations , Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission , City of San Marcos, San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center, Ecological Services Research: Habitat Status Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance Supports same priority one tasks noted for task 3.1 above. Part of basic mission for many agencies.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 1 4.1 Produce educational materials and inform a variety of audiences Not Started Others Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Edwards Aquifer Authority , Edwards Underground Water District , City of New Braunfels (including New Braunfels Utilities, in some cases) , City of San Antonio , City of San Marcos, Others, Ecological Services Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Supports priority one tasks 2.11, and subtasks 2.11, 2.41, and 2.42.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 2 1.11 Determine food habits Ongoing Current FY 2007 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Others, San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center, Ecological Services Research: Habitat Requirements Graduate Student Food habits have been done for fountain darter in the wild; research still needed on the feeding ecology of the Comal Springs dryopid beetle, Comal Springs riffle beetle, Peck's cave amphipod, San Marcos salamander, and Texas blind salamander
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 2 1.13 Determine reproductive parameters Ongoing Current FY 1995 - FY 1999 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Southwest Texas State University , San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center, Ecological Services Research: Propagation Graduate Student Supports priority one task 2.7.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 2 1.14 Determine survivorship patterns Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Southwest Texas State University , Others, Ecological Services Research: Demographic Studies Internal Administrative
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 2 1.23 Compile information on the characteristics of the Comal watershed Not Started Others U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of New Braunfels (including New Braunfels Utilities, in some cases) , Soil Conservation Service , Ecological Services Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 2 1.24 Compile data pertaining to pesticide and herbicide use in the San Marcos and Comal watersheds, etc. Ongoing Current Others City of New Braunfels (including New Braunfels Utilities, in some cases) , Texas Nature Conservancy Research Labor type not yet selected USGS is examining pesticides in water samples. Texas State University - River Systems Institute & San Marcos River Observing System are collecting and analyzing information on watershed characteristics including sediment transport for San Marcos River system. The Cities of San Marcos and New Braunfels will need to be permitted for stormwater discharges from their Small Municipal Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) from TCEQ. Stormwater characterization should include some pesticides including herbicides.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 2 1.29 Determine negative impacts by non-native species and develop control mechanisms Ongoing Current Others Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Southwest Texas State University , Others, San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center, Ecological Services Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subject of research paid by EARIP HCP.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 2 1.3 Determine aquifer characteristics and recharge patterns and zones, etc. Ongoing Current Others U.S. Geological Survey, Edwards Aquifer Authority , Southwest Texas State University Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Contributes to management plan sub-task 2.11. -this task may involve other responsible parties. Research funded by EARIP HCP will likely include aquifer characterization for Comal, San Marcos, Hueco, and Fern Bank springs.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 2 2.10 Control and/or remove select non-native organisms, etc. Ongoing Current FY 1995 - FY 1999 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Animal Damage Control (USDA) , City of New Braunfels (including New Braunfels Utilities, in some cases) , City of San Marcos, Ecological Services Management: Predator and Competitor Control Graduate Student, Contract Dependent on results of task 1.29. Non-native removal in 2014 undeway by Texas State University, City of San Marcos, EAHCP
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 2 2.2 Encourage Federal agencies to undertake or actively promote conservation activities under Section 7(a)(1) of the ESA Ongoing Current FY 1995 - FY 1999 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ecological Services Other: Information and Education Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Administrative Funded by base budget in part. 2.2-1 Multiple formal consultations with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in FY2012 on Comal and San Marcos rivers. Major consultation in late CY 2012 for EARIP HCP Ongoing Current Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 2 2.6 Encourage management of spring, lake, river, and cave habitats by private individuals and others Not Started Others Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Lower Colorado River Authority , City of New Braunfels (including New Braunfels Utilities, in some cases) , San Marcos River Foundation , Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission , City of San Marcos, Ecological Services, Other Nongovernmental Organizations Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Costs reflect initial development costs. Activities would then be incorporated in basic program services.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 2 4.2 Encourage public participation in conservation efforts Ongoing Current Others Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Edwards Underground Water District , City of New Braunfels (including New Braunfels Utilities, in some cases) , Southwest Texas State University , City of San Marcos, Ecological Services Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Uses support from task 4.1. Austin ESFO and San Marcos National Fish Hatchery & Technology Center are working with multiple local, regional, State of Texas, and Federal entities to participate in recovery implementation including but not limited to: cities of San Marcos, New Braunfels, and San Antonio; Texas State University, San Marcos River Foundation; Edwards Aquifer Authority, Guadalupe - Blanco River Authority, New Braunfels Utilities, San Antonio Water System; Texas Parks and Wildlife; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Joint Base San Antonio. Seven public meetings will held in August 2012 pursuant to NEPA scoping for the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program Habitat Conservation Plan. Outreach in 2014 underway by Edwards Aquifer Authority and EAHCP 4.2-1 Seven public scoping meetings will be held in August 2012 on EARIP HCP. Ongoing Current Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected Lead is EARIP.
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 3 1.12 Identify diseases and parasites Ongoing Current FY 1995 - FY 1999 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Southwest Texas State University , Others, San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center, Ecological Services Research: Disease Graduate Student
San Marcos & Comal Springs & Associated Aquatic Ecosystems (Revised) Recovery Plan RF(1) 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Comal Springs dryopid beetle Stygoparnus comalensis 3 2.9 Restore damaged habitats and enhance marginal habitats Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of New Braunfels (including New Braunfels Utilities, in some cases) , City of San Marcos, Ecological Services, Other Nongovernmental Organizations Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Contract, Internal Technical Assistance Dependent on priority projects currently unidentified or scheduled. Habitat restoration in 2014 for Texas wild-rice underway by Texas State Univ., San Marcos Aquatic Resources Center, and City of San Marcos.