Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan
The Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan (EAHCP) is a cooperative effort to protect groundwater resources of the southern portion of the Edwards Aquifer both for people in the region and the endangered species that inhabit the aquifer. The Comal ecosystem is home to rare and endangered aquatic species found nowhere else on Earth. Most of New Braunfels EAHCP-related projects occur in Landa Park since the Comal Springs, the headwaters of the Comal River and the habitat for the endangered species, are located in the park.
Dry Comal Creek and Comal River Watershed Protection Plan
The City of New Braunfels, with the help of local agencies and stakeholders, has developed a Watershed Protection Plan for the Dry Comal Creek and Comal River watersheds to protect and preserve the water quality in these water bodies. This watershed protection plan was developed to reduce the number of bacteria that are washed into the Dry Comal Creek and the Comal River during storm events.
Ordinance Prohibiting the Feeding of Wildlife
The first effort of the City of New Braunfels to reduce the number of bacteria in the Comal River is to limit a major source of the bacteria at the headwaters of the river. Reducing animal waste near the Comal River’s headwaters is critical in reducing bacteria loading that occurs from runoff during a rain event. In November 2018, the City of New Braunfels passed an ordinance that prohibits the feeding of wildlife within the city limits to reduce the amount of animal waste that is deposited and eventually washed into our beautiful waterways.
Dos Rios Watershed Clean-Up
The Dos Rios Watershed Clean-up is an annual city-wide litter pick-up event hosted by the City of New Braunfels. Each year in the fall, volunteers come together to remove as much litter and bulky waste as possible from the city parks, creeks, and rivers in New Braunfels. Picking up the waste before it is washed into our beautiful rivers is crucial to maintaining the good health of the rivers’ ecosystems within the city. There is no better time to get involved with helping keep our local water resources clean than this annual event.
The City of New Braunfels is committed to preserving and protecting its local waterways. The Adopt-A-Spot River Clean-Up program serves to raise public awareness, educate citizens, and generate community involvement by adopting a spot along the river or in contributing areas to clean. Volunteer groups are assigned specific locations within the city where they are responsible for coordinating clean-up events for their specific adopted location. Groups such as civic or community service organizations, sports teams, employer-related groups are encouraged to adopt a spot to lend a hand in keeping our rivers clean.
Fischer Park Monarch Waystation
The Monarch Waystation at Fischer Park provides larval and nectar sources for Monarchs and other butterflies. These resources are necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration.
Fischer Park Blackland Prairie Restoration
Retention of 30 plus acres as native blackland prairie is an important contribution to Central Texas, a significant migratory pathway for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Preservation of these open spaces provides critical habitat for migrating birds. For over a decade, the local Audubon Society has included this area in its annual bird counts. Nearby huisache trees have been managed to retain pollinators’ access yet reduce disruption of nearby trails. Introduction of native plants provide food sources for birds and other wildlife and require less water to maintain.
Tree City USA
The City of New Braunfels has earned the Tree City USA designation for the past 31 years, with only six Texas cities holding the designation longer. To qualify as a Tree City USA community, the City must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. These standards were established to ensure that every qualifying community would have a viable tree management program and that no community would be excluded because of size. The Urban Forestry division of the Parks and Recreation Department ensures these standards are met and hosts the annual Arbor Day event in Landa Park.
Other conservation projects in the New Braunfels Parks System:
- Fully automated irrigation systems equipped with rain sensors in several parks
- Conversion to LED lighting at Civic/Convention Center, 8 sports fields, 8 tennis courts, and 1 skate park
- Implementation of Integrated Pest Management Plan at the Landa Park Golf Course
- Partnership with Cemex Quarry for water truck to haul reuse water
- Conversion of 115,200 sq’ of grass to artificial turf at Das Rec