Habitat Conservation Plan

The City of New Braunfels is participating in the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan, the culmination of a decades-long conversation on how to best protect the endangered species of the Comal and San Marcos rivers and springs. The City embarked on the Habitat Conservation Plan in coordination with the Edwards Aquifer Authority, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

For updated information on the plan implementation, please see this presentation made to City Council on 11/25/2013.
The Fish and Wildlife Service approved the plan, along with the incidental take permit and the Environmental Impact Statement in February 2013 and published notice in the Federal Register.
The Habitat Conservation Plan involves multiple components in New Braunfels:
Copies of the Environmental Impact Statement and Habitat Conservation Plan are available online at www.fws.gov/southwest/es/AustinTexas.

Sediment island removal project being done as part of the EA HCP. Not only is this benefiting an endangered species (Fountain Darter) in this reach of the old river channel (near the spring fed pool and golf course), it is restoring the area to its natural state. The Edwards Aquifer Authority is supporting the cost of this worthwhile project which benefits not only the region but also New Braunfels.