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File #: 19-052    Name:
Type: Report Status: Consent Item Ready
File created: 12/27/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: 1/14/2019 Final action:
Title: Approval of contracts associated with the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan program. Authorize the City Manager to execute contracts for Old Channel Aquatic Vegetation Restoration, Comal River/ Landa Lake Aquatic Vegetation Restoration, Dissolved Oxygen Management, Gill Parasite Control and Riparian Restoration with BIO-WEST, Inc; Non-Native Animal Species Control with Atlas Environmental; Riparian Restoration with EBR Enterprises; and Riparian Restoration with Environmental Survey Consulting.
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Mark Enders, Watershed Program Manager
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(830) 221-4639 - menders@nbtexas.org

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Approval of contracts associated with the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan program. Authorize the City Manager to execute contracts for Old Channel Aquatic Vegetation Restoration, Comal River/ Landa Lake Aquatic Vegetation Restoration, Dissolved Oxygen Management, Gill Parasite Control and Riparian Restoration with BIO-WEST, Inc; Non-Native Animal Species Control with Atlas Environmental; Riparian Restoration with EBR Enterprises; and Riparian Restoration with Environmental Survey Consulting.

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BACKGROUND / RATIONALE:
The City of New Braunfels continues to be engaged as a partner in the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan (EAHCP) program that was developed and is being implemented to protect federally-listed endangered aquatic species that live in the Comal and San Marcos spring and river systems. The EAHCP program partners include the City of New Braunfels, City of San Marcos, Texas State University, San Antonio Water System and Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA).

The EAHCP is the basis of an Endangered Species Act permit issued to the EAHCP partners by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The permit was issued for a 15-year term (2013-2027) and protects the City from any negative impacts caused to endangered species that may occur due to the City's facilitation of water recreation activities in the Comal River, water withdrawals from the Comal River as well as other activities. The EAHCP includes both springflow and habitat protection measures that are implemented by the EAHCP partners. The EAHCP springflow protection measures benefit the City in that they ensure adequate springflow from the Comal springs during periods of extreme drought.

The City is responsible for implementing various EAHCP habitat protection measures within the Comal River system utilizing funds available through the E...

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