Consensus Report

Review of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan: Report 2 (2017)


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Responding to advice provided in a 2015 report from the National Academies, the Edwards Aquifer Authority has made several improvements to its 15-year Habitat Conservation Plan, the goal of which is to protect endangered species while supporting water needs in the region. This new report finds that good progress has been made in ecological modeling, in biological and water quality monitoring, and in implementation of the plan’s minimization and mitigation measures. Areas for continued improvement are identified, including a recommendation to validate and improve hydrologic models by testing them against the 2011 to 2015 period, which includes both very dry and wet years.