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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
October 2, 2017 - October 4, 2017
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: Carly Brody
Phone: 2023342717



Committee to Review the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Program—Phase 3

First Meeting (Ninth Meeting Overall)
October 2–4, 2017

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

Monday, October 2

8:30–10:30 Closed Session

Open Session

10:30–10:45 Overview of the National Academies’ 5-Year Review of the HCP
Nathan Pence, Executive Director, Habitat Conservation Program, EAA

10:45–11:00 Introductions, Review of Meeting Agenda
Danny Reible, Committee Chair, NAE, Texas Tech

11:00–12:00 Habitat Conservation Plan Implementation Update
Nathan Pence, EAA
• Brief update of all major HCP programs
• Mention the Implementation Plan from the 2nd Academies report
• Concepts for optimizing the ASR program

12:00–12:45 Working Lunch

12:45–1:45 Update on Minimization and Mitigation (M&M) Measures
Nathan Pence and Alicia Reinmund-Martinez, EAA
• Which measures are under consideration for this NAS study?
• How do these M&M measures achieve a biological objective?
• Current status of measure?
• Which measures will continue during Phase II of the HCP?
• New measures for Phase II of the HCP?

1:45–3:00 Overview of HCP Biological Goals and Objectives by Species and by System
Nathan Pence, Dr. Chad Furl, and Bob Hall, EAA

3:00–3:15 Break

3:15–4:15 Tools to Answer the Charge Questions, including the Ecological Model
Nathan Pence and Dr. Chad Furl, EAA

4:15–4:45 Open Mic Session

4:45–5:30 Closed Session

Tuesday, October 3

8:15–9:45 Closed Session

Open Session

9:45–11:00 Hydrologic Model: Calibration, Validation, Technical Review, Uncertainty Analysis, and Intended Purposes
Dr. Chad Furl, Jim Winterlee and Nathan Pence, EAA

11:00–12:30 Discussion with Sponsor
• Give thoughts on programs to date
• Ask additional questions/get clarification
• Request materials/information
• Discuss agenda of 2nd meeting

12:30–4:00 Closed Session

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Danny D. Reible
Jonathan D. Arthur
Stuart E. G. Findlay
K. David Hambright
Lora Harris
Steve A. Johnson
James A. Rice
Kenneth A. Rose
J. Court Stevenson
Laura Toran

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
Conflict of interest and bias discussion
Direction of the study
Committee writing assignments

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:
Review of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan Phase 1
Review of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan Phase 2

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: October 10, 2017