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Project Information

Project Information


Review of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Program


Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee will conduct a study and issue three reports that review the many different scientific initiatives underway to support the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan (EAHCP).
The committee will focus on the adequacy of the body of scientific information to reliably inform assessments of the EAHCP biological goals and objectives; ensuring that best-available science is utilized.  Relationships among proposed conservation measures (including specified flow rates and habitat protection and restoration); biological objectives; and, biological goals form an important science-policy foundation for the EACHP, and will be important background for all three NRC reports.
The NRC review will be conducted from 2013-2018.  The committee will issue its first report in 2014, its second report in 2016, and its third and final report in 2018. 
The statement of task for the committee’s first report is presented below.  General descriptions of the committee’s second and third statements of task also are presented, but formal statements of task for both these reports will be agreed to  after the committee’s first (2014) report is issued.


First NRC Report
The NRC committee will review and provide advice on four scientific initiatives within the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Program: 1) ecological modeling, 2) hydrological modeling, 3) biological and water quality monitoring programs, and 4) applied research. 

The committee’s report will address:
·        
hydrological and ecological modeling approaches,

·         accuracy and reliability of the assumptions used to support development of both conceptual and quantitative models,

·         adequacy of data for model calibration and verification,

·         identification and description of uncertainties,

·         additional monitoring data needs,

·         additional research needs, and

·         other issues deemed relevant by the committee. 


In addition, the committee will assess the sufficiency of the modeling, research, and monitoring under development to support the EAHCP Phase II strategic decisions and questions regarding relationships among conservation measures, biological objectives, and biological goals.

To develop its report, the committee will review written documentation describing these four initiatives that will be provided by the EAHCP Science Committee.   Documentation will be augmented by discussions between Edwards Aquifer Authority staff, the EAHCP Implementing Committee, the standing local EAHCP Science Committee, other scientists engaged in the activities, and the NRC Committee.  
Second Report

In the second phase of the study, the committee will continue to follow developments of the scientific aspects to support adaptive management in the EAHCP, including changes implemented as a result of the committee’s first report. 

In particular, the Committee will:

1.     1. evaluate progress and modifications implemented as a result of the Committee's first report, 

2.       2. continue to assess the methods of and data collected through the water quality monitoring and biomonitoring programs,

3.       3. identify those biological and hydrological questions related to achieving compliance with the HCP’s biological goals and objectives that the ecological and hydrologic models should be used to answer, specifically including which scenarios to run in the models.  These questions shall help generate information needed to make the HCP Phase II strategic decisions about the effectiveness of conservation measures.

4.       4. provide an evaluation of how the Phase I conservation measures in the HCP (including flow protection measures and habitat restoration measures) are being implemented and monitored.  Specifically, the committee will discuss if the proper method of implementation is being utilized to achieve the maximum benefit to the Covered Species.
The deliverables for Phase 2 include a short report on the ecological modeling portion of Task 1 about 6 months prior to the final report that will cover the remainder of the SOT, due at the end of 2016.

Third and Final Report

During 2017 and 2018, the NRC Committee will review scientific information related to the strategic adaptive management Phase II decision as defined in the EAHCP.  This Phase II decision necessitates an evaluation of measures designed to provide spring flows and habitat improvements to sustain the Covered species during a repeat of the drought of record (as defined by the EAHCP).  The third and final report, due September 30, 2018, will focus on the relationships among proposed conservation measures (including flow protection measures and habitat restoration), biological objectives (such as water quality criteria, habitat condition, and specified spring flow rates), and biological goals (such as maintaining populations of the Covered Species).  (The Biological Goals, which were agreed upon by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are considered fixed for the purposes of this study.)  In particular, the Committee will determine, for each Covered Species in the EAHCP,

1.  Whether the biological objectives in the EAHCP are highly likely, somewhat likely, or unlikely to achieve the related biological goals.  If “highly likely,” is the full complement of biological objectives necessary to meet the biological goals?  If the biological objectives are “unlikely” to achieve the biological goals, recommend how the amounts/types of habitat and water quality objectives could be amended to achieve the biological goals.

2.  Whether the conservation measures in the EAHCP are adequate to meet the biological objectives.  Is the full suite of conservation measures necessary to meet the biological objectives?  Additionally, if the conservation measures are not adequate, would the presumptive Phase II conservation measure or simple manipulation of a Phase I conservation measure achieve the biological objectives?  If neither the Phase I conservation measures nor the presumptive Phase II conservation measure are likely to achieve the biological objectives, the committee will explain the extent to which the objectives are not likely to be achieved, and why.  

Status: Current

PIN: DELS-WSTB-13-02

Project Duration (months): 65 month(s)

RSO: Ehlers, Laura

Board(s)/Committee(s):

Water Science and Technology Board

Topic(s):

Environment and Environmental Studies


Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 05/30/2017

Dr. Danny D. Reible - (Chair)
Texas Tech University

Danny Reible is currently the Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair at Texas Tech University. He previously served as Director of the multi-university consortium, the Hazardous Substance Research Center South and Southwest (1995-2007) while at Louisiana State University and as the Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering (2004-2013) and Director of the Center for Research in Water Resources (2011-2013) at the University of Texas. Dr. Reible was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2005 for his work in identifying management approaches for contaminated sediments. He has led the development of in-situ sediment capping and has evaluated its applicability to a wide range of contaminants and settings including PAHs from fuels, manufactured gas plants and creosote manufacturing facilities, PCBs, and metals. His current research activities are focused on sustainable water management and the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites. Specific projects include passive sampling of mobile phase contaminants using solid phase microextraction and diffusion gel thin film profiling for the assessment of bioavailability of organic and metal contaminants and the development of permeable treatment barriers as a contaminated sediment treatment approach. He received his B.S. from Lamar University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
Dr. Jonathan D. Arthur
Florida Geological Survey

Jonathan Arthur, P.G. is State Geologist and Director of the Florida Geological Survey, an office of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Dr. Arthur received his B.S. and Ph.D. from Florida State University and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. He is also president-elect of the Association of American State Geologists, a member of the Florida Board of Professional Geologists, and past president of the Florida Association of Professional Geologists. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 articles for scientific publication and has served on numerous committees related to restoration of the Florida Everglades. His research interests include hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry, including aquifer storage and recovery (ASR), with emphasis on aquifer chemical and mineralogical characterization and fate of metals and metalloids. Dr. Arthur was a member of the NRC Committee on Sustainable Underground Storage of Recoverable Water.
Dr. M. Eric Benbow
Michigan State University

Eric Benbow is an associate professor of entomology at Michigan State University. Prior to this, he was an assistant professor of entomology at Dayton University. His research involves basic and applied multiple-scale studies on the biology and ecology of aquatic ecosystems, how terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems are coupled, and the influence of human activities on those processes—with an emphasis on invertebrate communities. Specific projects include the ecology of microbial-invertebrate interactions and their role in mycobacterial disease emergence in West Africa; understanding the dynamics of marine-derived nutrients and natural disturbance in ecosystem structure and function among managed watersheds of southeast Alaska; the community ecology of small lake and quarry invertebrates; and watershed biomonitoring projects in Vietnam, the Republic of Palau, Hawaii, and Ohio. He has studied water withdrawal and watershed development in the tropics, including monitoring how invertebrate communities respond to these impacts. Dr. Benbow serves as a consultant to the World Health Organization on Buruli ulcer, the Republic of Palau for stream bioassessment, and the New Jersey Forensic Science Commission, Forensic Anthropology and Associated Forensic Specialties Sub-Committee; as an expert witness in a contested case involving Hawaiian streams; and as an Executive Committee member for the North American Forensic Entomology Association. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in biology from the University of Dayton.
Dr. Stuart E. Findlay
Stuart E. G. Findlay is an aquatic ecologist at the Carey Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Dr. Findlay's research interests encompass characterization and microbial assimilation of dissolved organic carbon in aquatic ecosystems, delivery of carbon from terrestrial to aquatic ecosystems, carbon and nutrient processing in tidal wetlands, and ecosystem functions mediated by submerged aquatic vegetation. He has been conducting research on the Hudson River ecosystem for over 18 years, and is interested in watershed restoration issues as well as a variety of approaches to making scientific information more useful for ecosystem management. He received his B.A. in environmental science from the University of Virginia, his M.S. in marine science from the University of South Carolina, and his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Georgia.
Dr. K. David Hambright
University of Oklahoma

David Hambright is a professor of biology at the University of Oklahoma. During the past decade his research has centered on the ecology, evolution, and management of the invasive and toxigenic golden alga, Prymnesium parvum, in lakes and rivers in Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. He has recently begun a new long-term research effort aimed at coupling satellite-based remote sensing, digital field photography, and long-term water quality monitoring data on Oklahoman lakes in the effort to develop real-time monitoring capabilities aimed at ensuring public safety on the many public-access recreational lakes in the state. expertise includes research in climate-change and water quality interactions, wetland restoration and habitat and species conservation, paleolimnology, ecosystem modeling, and biodiversity, as well as experience in working with diverse research and modeling teams, interest groups, and stakeholders in politically sensitive systems. He received his B.S. in biology from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, his M.S. in biology from Texas Christian University, and his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University.
Dr. Lora Harris
University of Maryland

Lora A. Harris is an associate professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, based at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. She is an estuarine ecologist who applies field and modeling approaches to address important questions regarding nutrient dynamics, primary production and ecosystem structure and function in a range of estuarine ecosystems. She is interested in climate impacts on estuaries and lagoons, with a particular focus in salt marsh and sea grass ecosystems. Some of her most recent work has involved participatory modeling efforts involving stakeholders and managers seeking solutions to improve water quality and restore seagrasses in Delmarva coastal lagoons and a collaboration with wastewater engineers to understand the restoration trajectories of hypoxic estuaries. Dr. Harris works closely with state and regional agencies in both a research and advisory capacity. She received her B.S. from Smith College and her Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island.
Dr. Steve A. Johnson
Steve A. Johnson is an associate professor at the University of Florida. He is a freshwater biologist who focuses on natural resource ecology and the conservation and invasion ecology of amphibians and reptiles. Before joining the University of Florida, he worked as the State Sea Turtle Program Coordinator in North Carolina, and as a research wildlife biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. At the USGS, he coordinated efforts for the national Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative in the southeastern United States. Dr. Johnson's area of expertise is natural history and conservation of amphibians and reptiles, and he has worked extensively with imperiled species. He is a member of several professional societies, including the Society for Conservation Biology, Herpetologists League, and The Wildlife Society. He received his B.S. and M.S. in biology from the University of Central Florida, and his Ph.D. in wildlife ecology and conservation from the University of Florida.
Dr. James A. Rice
James A. Rice is a professor of applied ecology at North Carolina State University. Working mainly with fish, his research focuses on questions at the interface of basic and applied ecology with the intent to advance knowledge of how aquatic ecosystems function and how to effectively manage and restore them. He employs field studies, experiments, lab analyses and simulation modeling, and he has worked with a wide variety of organisms and life stages (larval to adult) in systems ranging from ponds, reservoirs and the Great Lakes to streams, large rivers and coastal estuaries. Areas of particular interest include predator prey interactions and food web dynamics in aquatic systems; direct and indirect fish responses to hypoxia; bioenergetics modeling of predation and habitat effects; and impacts and management of introduced species. He received his B.A. in biology from St. Louis University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Kenneth A. Rose
Louisiana State University

Kenneth Rose is the E. L. Abraham Distinguished Professor in Louisiana environmental studies at Louisiana State University. His current research is focused on modeling population dynamics of fish and aquatic food webs, and how they respond to a variety of types of stressors including changes in water flows and quality, lethal and sub-lethal effects of contaminants, hypoxia, alteration of physical habitat, and climate change. He recently published a model of the population dynamics of the delta smelt, which is a listed species in the California Delta that is center of controversy about how much water can be pumped out of the system for irrigation and water supply, and he has also published on lower trophic level (algae and micro and macro zooplankton) food web dynamics. Dr. Rose was a member of review teams for several biological opinions involving delta smelt and salmon. He has served on two NRC committees, including the Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta that evaluated the mitigation and conservation actions of biological opinions and the science underlying the short-term and long-term environmental and water usage decision-making of the system. He received his B.S. from SUNY Albany and his M.S and Ph.D. in fisheries science from the University of Washington.
Dr. J. Court Stevenson
J. Court Stevenson is Professor Emeritus at the Horn Point Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. His primary areas of interest are coastal zone resources and water quality management issues; ecology of marsh and sea grass systems; effects of sea-level rise on wetlands and coastal shorelines; and the environmental history of Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. He served on the National Academies Committee to Review the St. Johns River Water Supply Impact Study. Dr. Stevenson received his B.S. in biology from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and his Ph.D. in botany from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Laura Toran
Temple University

Laura Toran is the Weeks Chair in Environmental Geology at Temple University in Philadelphia. She has 30 years of experience in modeling and monitoring groundwater. Her recent research activities include using karst springs to understand transport in karst, monitoring urban stormwater and streams, and developing hydrogeophysical techniques to predict groundwater-surface water interaction. She teaches classes in groundwater hydrology including modeling with MODFLOW. She served in the NRC Committee on Opportunities for Accelerating Characterization and Treatment of Waste at DOE Nuclear Weapons Sites. Dr. Toran received her B.A. in geology from Macalester College and her Ph.D. in geology from the University of Wisconsin.

Committee Membership Roster Comments

NOTE: Effective 03/31/2017, committee members Craig, Kratz, Long, Obeysekera, and Woodside concluded their service on this committee. Effective 05/17/2017, committee member Findlay, Johnson, Rice, and Stevenson began their provisional term of service on this committee.

Events



Location:

J. Erik Jonsson Conference Center
314 Quissett Ave.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Carly Brody
Contact Email:  cbrody@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  2023342717

Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Carly Brody
Contact Email:  cbrody@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  2023342717

Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Danny D. Reible
Jonathan D. Arthur
M. Eric Benbow
Stuart E.G. Findlay
K. David Hambright
Lora A. Harris
Steve A. Johnson
James A. Rice
Kenneth A. Rose
J. Court Stevenson
Laura Toran

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The committee discussed the report draft.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
April 11, 2018


Location:

Edwards Aquifer Authority
900 E Quincy St
San Antonio, TX 78215
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Carly Brody
Contact Email:  cbrody@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  2023342717

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

Second Meeting (Tenth Meeting Overall)
January 3–5, 2018

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


Wednesday, January 3

Optional Field Trip


8:15-9:00 Drive to New Braunfels


9:00-11:30 Walking Tour of the Comal River (meet at the Golf Course Clubhouse)
• Tee Box #2 first (Flow Split; most upstream point of the Old Channel)
• Old Channel above Golf Course Drive (ERPA area; LTBG reach; Bank Stabilization, SAV,
Riparian)
• Walk the length of the old Channel through the Golf Course to Elizabeth St (SAV,
Monitoring stations, riparian)
• If time allows, walk along the old channel through Schlitterbahn to see the lower reach
of the Old Channel


11:30-1:00 Lunch and Refugia Presentation (Landa Haus)
USFWS Staff and Chad Furl, EAA

1:00-1:30 Drive to San Marcos


1:30-3:30 Tour the Refugia
USFWS Staff and Chad Furl, EAA



Thursday, January 4

Open Session

8:30–8:40 Introductions, Review of Meeting Agenda, Charge, and Schedule
Danny Reible, Committee Chair, NAE, Texas Tech
Laura Ehlers, Study Director, Water Science and Technology Board

8:40–9:45 Hydrologic Model
Mark Hamilton and Jim Winterle, EAA
• Recent model runs and predictions for the bottom up package
• Peer review process
• How the model is going to be used in the HCP

9:45–10:45 Aquifer Storage and Recovery Optimization
Marc Friberg, EAA
• Description of an optimized ASR program
• Impacts of various ASR forbearance triggers to the Bottom Up Package
• Achieving the required HCP minimum spingflow at Comal Springs (30cfs)

10:45–11:00 Break

11:00–12:00 M&M Measure: Impervious Cover/Water Quality Protection, LID and Sediment Removal
Nathan Pence and Alicia Reinmund-Martinez, EAHCP
• Sediment Removal vs Sediment Prevention
• Overview of the recent Adaptive Management actions related to the above Measures
• Use of the Water Quality Protection Plan (WQPP) for San Marcos and New Braunfels
and workgroup process in the prioritization of BMPs
• 2018 prioritized BMPs

12:00–1:00 Working Lunch

1:00–2:00 Preliminary Evaluation of Long-Term EAHCP Biomonitoring Data
Jacob Jackson and Ely Kosnicki, BIOWEST
Josh Perkin, Texas A&M Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

2:00–3:00 Q and A about the Data and Information Requests
• Review all data and information made available to the committee
• Typical ways that they analyze the data for the purposes of the HCP Annual Report.
• Ask questions of the EAA. There were data sets for SAV, fountain darter, salamanders,
CSRB, and water quality, as well as information on many other topics.

3:00–3:15 Optional Open Mic Session, then Break

3:15–5:00 Closed Session


Friday, January 5

8:00–10:30 Closed Session


Open Session

10:30–12:00 Discussion with Sponsor
• Ask additional questions/get clarification
• Request materials/information

12:00–1:00 Working Lunch

1:00–3:30 Closed Session

Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Danny D. Reible
Jonathan D. Arthur
M. Eric Benbow
Stuart E.G. Findlay
K. David Hambright
Lora A. Harris
James A. Rice
Kenneth A. Rose
J. Court Stevenson
Laura Toran

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Further data needs
Committee writing assignments
Outline for the report

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
January 09, 2018


Location:

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

Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Carly Brody
Contact Email:  cbrody@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  2023342717

Agenda
AGENDA

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
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

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


Location:

J. Erik Jonsson Conference Center
314 Quissett Ave.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Brendan McGovern
Contact Email:  bmcgovern@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  2023342496

Agenda
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Jonathan Arthur
Eric Benbow
Robin Craig
David Hambright
Lora Harris
Timothy Kratz
Andrew Long
Jayantha Obeysekera
Danny Reible
Laura Toran
Greg Woodside

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
April 17, 2017


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Brendan McGovern
Contact Email:  bmcgovern@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Jonathan Arthur
Eric Benbow
Robin Craig
David Hambright
Lora Harris
Timothy Kratz
Andrew Long
Jayantha Obeysekera
Danny Reible
Laura Toran
Greg Woodside

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
April 17, 2017


Location:

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

Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Laura Ehlers
Contact Email:  lehlers@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  617-505-5283

Agenda
Wednesday, February 3


Open Session

8:30–8:40 Introductions, Review of Meeting Agenda, Charge, and Schedule
Danny Reible, Committee Chair, NAE, Texas Tech
Laura Ehlers, Study Director, Water Science and Technology Board


8:40–9:45 Informal Discussion on How the Hydrologic Model Will Be Used
Mark Hamilton, Jim Winterle, EAA
• Relate model structure to questions that can be answered
• Brainstorm other uses

9:45–10:45 Informal Discussion on all Minimization and Mitigation Measures
Nathan Pence, EAHCP
• Consider the matrix for compliance and performance monitoring of the M&M measures
• Are these measures achieving maximum benefit to the Covered Species?


10:45–11:00 Break


11:00–12:00 Dissolved Oxygen Management in Landa Lake: methods, results, and future recommendations
Ed Oborny, BIO-WEST; Tim Osting, AquaStrategies; and Mark Enders, the City of New Braunfels


12:00–1:00 Working Lunch

1:00–2:00 Informal Discussion on Scope of Work for an EAHCP Data Management System
Alicia Reinmund-Martinez and Nathan Pence, EAHCP; and Jared Morris, EAA


2:00–3:00 Update on the Ecological Model
Bill Grant and Rose Wang, Texas A&M; George Ward, University of Texas; Todd Swannack, USACE; Ed Oborny, BIO-WEST


3:00–3:15 Break


3:15–4:15 Informal discussion on how the ecological model will be used
• Relate model structure to questions that can be answered
• Brainstorm other uses
• Discussion possible letter report in March
Bill Grant and Rose Wang, Texas A&M; George Ward, UT; Todd Swannack, USACE; Ed Oborny, BIO-WEST; Nathan Pence, EAHCP


4:15–5:00 Open Mike Session



Thursday, February 4


Closed Session

8:15–10:30


Open Session

10:30–12:00 Discussion with Sponsor
• Give thoughts on programs to date
• Ask additional questions/get clarification
• Request materials/information
• Discuss agenda of 3rd meeting


Closed Session

12:00–3:30

Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes



Location:

Edwards Aquifer Authority Headquarters
900 E. Quincy, San Antonio, TX 78215
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Mike Stoever
Contact Email:  mstoever@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1889

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
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Michael Stoever
Contact Email:  mstoever@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1889

Agenda
This meeting will be closed in its entirety.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

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:

The committee finalized their writting assignments and worked together to give the report the flow of "one voice". They discussed corrections that needed to be made and areas that needed to be improved upon. The committee then discussed the review process and the timeline for the release of the report.

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

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
August 05, 2015


Location:

J. Erik Jonsson Conference Center
314 Quissett Ave.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Mike Stoever
Contact Email:  mstoever@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1889

Agenda
No open session of this meeting.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

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:

Report Planning
Information Requests

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

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 03, 2014


Location:

Edwards Aquifer Authority Headquarters
900 E. Quincy, San Antonio, TX 78215
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Michael Stoever
Contact Email:  mstoever@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1889

Agenda
AGENDA

Committee to Review the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Program

Second Meeting
May 12–14, 2014

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


Monday, May 12


Closed Session

8:30–9:00


Open Session

9:00–9:05 Introductions, Review of Meeting Agenda
Danny Reible, Committee Chair, NAE, Texas Tech


9:05–10:30 Finite Element (FE) Model for the Edwards Aquifer
Ron Green, SWRI
• Rationale for the FE model (versus MODFLOW)
• Model development strategy including:
o Conceptual model
o How preferential flows are modeled (details of the mesh, conduits or not, more homogeneous permeability distribution)?
o How could the FE model be used to represent conduits if they decide to use them in the model now or in the future?
o Model calibration and verification (methods, role of stage, flow and dye studies; calibration targets)
o Sensitivity and uncertainty analysis (are there plans to use PEST?)
o Period of simulation, times steps, run times, scenarios?
o How (and how often) are new data incorporated?
• Schedule for the FE model


10:30–10:45 Break


10:45–12:00 Panel Discussion on Hydrology
Geary Schindel, EAA
Jim Winterle, EAA
Ron Green, SWRI

MODFLOW
• Brief overview of model conceptualization and assumptions--hydrogeologic framework, dual porosity, spatial and temporal discretization, scale of physical features that can be represented
• Data priorities and incorporation of new data into the MODFLOW model
• Are there plans to model extreme scenarios like drought?
• What do they think are the largest sources of predictive uncertainty at this point?
• What new information or data would have the greatest effect on reducing predictive uncertainty quantitatively?
• What are the respective roles of MODFLOW and FEFLOW models?
• How to reconcile FEFLOW vs. MODFLOW differences?
• Would there be a benefit to exploring telescoping models?

HSPF
• Questions to be developed


12:00–1:00 Working Lunch


1:00–2:00 Representativeness of Reaches in the Biological Monitoring Program
Ed Oborny, BIOWEST Consulting

2:00–3:30 Overview of Ecological Modeling Progress
Fish: Bill Grant, University of Texas
SAV: Todd Swannick, ERDC
Texas Wild Rice: Thom Hardy, Texas State University


3:30–3:45 Break


3:45–5:00 Science Committee Discussion: Applied Research Program
Doyle Mosier, Chair
Miguel Acevedo University of North Texas at Denton
Tom Arsuffi, Texas Tech University
Janis Bush, University of Texas at San Antonio
Jacquelyn Duke, Baylor University
Charlie Kreitler, LBG-Guyton Associates
Glenn Longley, Texas State University
Robert Mace, Texas Water Development Board
Chad Norris, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Jackie Poole, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Floyd Weckerly, Texas State University

• Introduction to the Science Committee and its Role
• Results from the 2014 Applied Research topics
• Prioritization of Applied Research topics for 2015



Tuesday, May 13


Closed Session

8:15–10:00


10:00–10:15 Break


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


Closed Session

12:00–4:00



Wednesday, May 14


Tour of the Comal and San Marcos Springs

Itinerary to follow
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

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:

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:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 03, 2014


Location:

Edwards Aquifer Authority Headquarters
900 E. Quincy, San Antonio, TX 78215
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Michael Stoever
Contact Email:  mstoever@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1889

Agenda
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.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

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:

none

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

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