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Mission & Goals

The goal of the HCP is to protect endangered species from harm during the most severe drought to the extent required by state and federal law.

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Covered Species

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has designated eight species that live in the Edwards Aquifer, the San Marcos Springs, and the Comal Springs aquatic ecosystems as either threatened or endangered.

Click here to view the covered species

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Habitat Protection

Click Here to view all the Habitat Protection Measures of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan

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Final Habitat Conservation Plan

Welcome to EAHCP


EAHCP Steward | Click the image above to access the latest edition of the EAHCP Steward. This bimonthly newsletter is intended to highlight efforts underway to protect our region's Comal and San Marcos Springs and ensure a healthy habitat for the threatened and endangered species.


The 2017 Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan Annual Report is now available to view. Click here to download the report. For report appendices, please contact EAHCP staff at eahcp@edwardsaquifer.org.    

San Marcos River | As of September 4, 2018, springflow at San Marcos Springs has risen above 120 cfs, as recorded by the USGS at the Sewell Park flow gauge (#08170500). This discharge rate concludes the habitat and riparian restoration restrictions implemented under Condition M of Incidental Take Permit (ITP) #TE-63663A-1. As flow levels persist above the springflow trigger, EAHCP contractors will resume aquatic and riparian restoration activities as scheduled and continue to monitor springflow discharge.



National Academy of Sciences Third and Final Report | In early January, the National Academy of Sciences committee convened to conduct the third and final comprehensive review of the EAHCP. Report 3 will focus on the relationships among proposed conservation measures (including flow protection 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). EAHCP staff presented a summary of the HCP programs and how they relate to the biological objectives and goals to the Committee and provided members a tour of the San Marcos and Comal Spring Systems. Report 3 is expected in late 2018.

For more infomation on Report 3 and the NAS Science Review Panel, visit: 

To view documents and presentations provided during the NAS committee meeting, visit: 


Members of the National Academy of Sciences at the Edwards Aquifer Authority. (Image by Boggess Communications)


The Implementing Committee meeting scheduled for August 16 has been cancelled. The joint meeting of the Implementing and Stakeholder Committees originally scheduled for September 20 has been postponed until October 18. The joint committee meeting will be held at the Edwards Aquifer Authority.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact EAHCP Staff at eahcp@edwardsaquifer.org

  EAHCP Meeting Calendar | 2018

  • October 18th: Joint Implementing and Stakeholder Committee Meeting - 9:00am - Edwards Aquifer Authority 
  • November 7th: Science Committee Meeting - 9:00am - San Marcos Activity Center
  • December 20th: Implementing/Stakeholder/Science Committee Meeting - 9:00 am - Edwards Aquifer Authority 

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