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Mission & Goals

The goal of the HCP is to protect endangered species from harm during the most severe drought to the extent required by state and federal law.

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Covered Species

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has designated eight species that live in the Edwards Aquifer, the San Marcos Springs, and the Comal Springs aquatic ecosystems as either threatened or endangered.

Click here to view the covered species

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Habitat Protection

Click Here to view all the Habitat Protection Measures of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan

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Final Habitat Conservation Plan

Welcome to EAHCP

Every year the EAHCP partners provide an indepth analysis on the progress made over the course of the past year. Extensive data, lessons learned, and a look into the next year can be found in the Annual Report. This is done in order to maintain compliance with the ITP, but also serves as a valuable tool for EAHCP staff as well as a resource for all of our stakeholders. A thorough review by staff, partners and all committee members is one way we ensure a robust and accurate account of the accomplishments this program has experienced over the course of the year. EAHCP staff asks all reviewers to please fill out the accompanying comments spreadsheet, and submit to spayne@edwardsaquifer.org prior to Friday, February 23rd. Please see the link below for the 2nd Draft of the 2017 EAHCP Annual Report as well as the comments spreadsheet.

In order to view all appendicies, a flash-drive can be provided to any stakeholder or committee member interested. Please contact Shaun Payne at spayne@edwardsaquifer.org to have this arranged.

National Academy of Sciences Third and Final Report | In early January, the National Academy of Sciences committee convened to conduct the third and final comprehensive review of the EAHCP. Report 3 will focus on the relationships among proposed conservation measures (including flow protection and habitat restoration), biological objectives (such as water quality criteria, habitat condition, and specified spring flow rates), and biological goals (such as maintaining populations of the Covered Species). EAHCP staff presented a summary of the HCP programs and how they relate to the biological objectives and goals to the Committee and provided members a tour of the San Marcos and Comal Spring Systems. Report 3 is expected in late 2018.

For more infomation on Report 3 and the NAS Science Review Panel, visit: 

To view documents and presentations provided during the NAS committee meeting, visit: 


Members of the National Academy of Sciences at the Edwards Aquifer Authority. (Image by Boggess Communications)



EAHCP Steward | Click the image above to access the September-October 2017 edition of the EAHCP Steward. This bimonthly newsletter is intended to highlight efforts underway to protect our region's Comal and San Marcos Springs and ensure a healthy habitat for the threatened and endangered species.

  EAHCP Meeting Calendar | Second Quarter 2018 

  • May 9th - Science Committee Meeting - City of San Marcos Activity Center at 9:00am
  • May 17th - Implementing Committee Meeting - City of San Marcos Activity Center at 9:00am
  • June 21st - Joint Stakeholder and Implementing Committee Meeting - City of New Braunfels City Hall at 9:00am

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