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Project Title: Review of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Program

PIN: DELS-WSTB-13-02         

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit:
Water Science and Technology Board

Ehlers, Laura

Subject/Focus Area:
Environment and Environmental Studies

Review of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Program
February 13, 2014 - February 15, 2014
Edwards Aquifer Authority Headquarters
900 E. Quincy, San Antonio, TX 78215

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Michael Stoever
Phone: 202-334-1889
Fax: 202-334-1961


Open Session

10:15–10:30 Introductions, Review of Meeting Agenda, Ground Rules for Session
Danny Reible, Committee Chair, NAE, Texas Tech

10:30–10:45 Introduction to the NRC and the Committee Process
Laura Ehlers, Study Director, Water Science and Technology Board

10:45–12:00 Introduction to the Edwards Aquifer and the EAA
Nathan Pence, Executive Director Habitat Conservation Programs, EAA
• Introduction to the Edwards Aquifer and Habitat Conservation Plan
• Request for the NRC study
• Goals/desires for the NRC study: deliverables and specific advice

12:00–1:00 Lunch

1:00–1:30 Hydrologic modeling efforts: Update on MODFLOW and Finite Element Model
Nathan Pence and Jim Winterle, EAA

1:30–2:00 Water Quality Monitoring: Program Overview
Mark Hamilton, EAA

2:00–2:30 Biological Monitoring: Program Overview
Nathan Pence, EAA, and Edmund Oborny, BIOWEST Consulting

2:30–3:00 Ecological Modeling: Program Overview
Nathan Pence, EAA, and Edmund Oborny, BIOWEST Consulting

3:00–3:15 Break

3:15–4:00 Applied Research in Support of the HCP: Program Overview
Nathan Pence and Bob Hall, EAA

4:00–5:30 Stakeholder Open Mike Session

Friday, February 14

8:15–10:15 Closed Session

Open Session (if needed)

10:15–12:00 Discussion with Sponsor
• Give thoughts on science to date
• Ask additional questions/get clarification
• Request materials/information
• Discuss agenda of 2nd meeting, including field trip

12:00–4:00 Closed Session

Saturday, February 15

Tour of the Comal and San Marcos Springs

8:00 Depart Indigo Hotel lobby for Comal Springs

9:00–10:30 Tour the Comal Springs: Start @ Parks and Recreation Office, 110 Golf Course Rd, New Braunfels, TX, 78132.

10:30–11:00 Travel to San Marcos Springs

11:30–1:00 Tour the San Marcos Springs: Start @ Meadows Center for Water, 951 Aquarena Springs Dr., San Marcos, TX, 78666.

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Danny Reible
Jon Arthur
Eric Benbow
Robin Craig
Dave Hambright
Tim Kratz
Andy Long
Laura Murray
Jayantha Obeysekera
Kenny Rose
Laura Toran
Greg Woodside

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
Bias and Conflict of Interest
Review of the Previous Day's Open Session
Report Planning
Information Requests

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: February 27, 2014