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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

HCP in the News | The Herald-Zeitung recently carried an HCP project as its front-page story. Click the image to read the article, which discusses the bank stabilization and revegetation project and volunteer service efforts. Many thanks to GBRA and the Native Plant Society chapter for their service protecting and enhancing habitat for the endangered fountain darter


Report 2 | On December 30, 2016, the National Academy of Sciences released its Review of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan: Report 2, "Report 2" for short. This review features recommendations concerning Report 1 implementation, EAHCP's monitoring programs, ecological and hydrological modeling scenarios, and Conservation Measure implementation. You can access the report and more below:


EAHCP Steward | Click the image above to access the March - April 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.

This edition includes stories on 2016 EAHCP Annual Report (full report found here), the City of San Marcos Water Quality Protection effort, and the findings of the first half of a two-year life history study on the Comal Springs riffle beetle.


  EAHCP Meeting Calendar | Second Quarter 2017

  • April 18 - NAS Report 2 Workshop, 9 a.m., SAWS, San Antonio
  • April 20 - Implementing Committee, 9 a.m., City Hall *CANCELLED
  • May 10 - Science Committee, 9 a.m., Activity Center, San Marcos
  • May 11 - Budget Work Group, 9 a.m., Activity Center, San Marcos
  • May 12 - NAS Report 2 Work Group, 9 a.m., Activity Center, San Marcos
  • May 18 - Implementing Committee, 9 a.m., Rec Hall (Lions Club), San Marcos
  • May 26 - NAS Report 2 Work Group, 9 a.m., Activity Center, San Marcos
  • June 15 - Implementing/Stakeholder Committees, TBD, City Hall, New Braunfels

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