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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

RSO:
Ehlers, Laura

Subject/Focus Area:
Environment and Environmental Studies


Review of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Program
October 28, 2015 - October 30, 2015
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: Mike Stoever
Email: mstoever@nas.edu
Phone: 202-334-1889
Fax: 202-334-1961


Agenda:

PUBLIC AGENDA

Committee to Review the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Program—Phase 2

First Meeting (Fifth Meeting Overall)
October 28–30, 2015

Edwards Aquifer Authority Headquarters
900 E. Quincy, San Antonio, TX 78215


Thursday, October 29

Closed Session

8:30–10:15 Committee and NAS staff only


Open Session

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


10:30–12:00 Prioritized Implementation Plan from First NAS Report
Nathan Pence, Executive Director Habitat Conservation Program, EAA
• Review of the response process used on the first NAS report
• Present Implementation Committee’s adopted schedule
• Present the feedback from Science Committee, Workshop
• Present the Prioritized Matrix by category
• Next steps/Timeline


12:00–1:00 Working Lunch/Continue Prioritized Implementation Plan


1:00–2:15 Minimization and Mitigation (M&M) Measures: Description and Implementation
Nathan Pence and Alicia Reinmund-Martinez, EAA; Melanie Howard, City of San Marcos; and Zac Martin, City of New Braunfels
• Tour Recap – questions and answers
• Discuss the conservation measures which the Permittees need input on, e.g., springflow and/or habitat restoration measures
• Evaluate the methods of implementation for the specified measures
• Are these measures achieving maximum benefit to the Covered Species?


2:15–3:15 Update on the Ecological Model
Ed Oborny, BIOWEST Consulting, and Nathan Pence, EAA
• Progress made in past year
• Which Report 1 recommendations have already been addressed in the model
• Discussion on the model’s capability to run different scenarios
• Discuss NAS role on developing the biological questions that will be used to determine which scenarios the ecological model needs to run
• Present an example of scenario run


3:15–3:30 Break


3:30–4:45 Update on the Hydrologic Model
Jim Winterlee and Mark Hamilton, EAA
• Presentation on progress made in past year
• Which Report 1 recommendations have already been addressed in the model
o Uncertainty analysis
o Present the framework for the 5-year hydrologic modeling plan
• Discussion on the model’s capability to run different scenarios
• Discuss NAS role on developing the hydrologic questions that will be used to answer which scenarios the hydrologic model needs to run
• Present an example of a scenario run


4:45–5:30 Open Mike Session


Friday, October 30

Closed Session

8:15–10:15 Committee and NAS staff only


Open Session

10:15–12:00 Discussion with Sponsor
• Give thoughts on programs to date
• Ask additional questions/get clarification
• Request materials/information
• Discuss agenda of 2nd meeting, including field trip
• Future of ecological and hydrologic modeling runs per scenario questions


Closed Session

12:00–4:00 Committee and NAS staff only