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The City of Austin is proposing to undertake two projects in Barton Springs Pool: repair of the concrete bypass culvert along the northwest bank of the Pool and minor repairs to the downstream dam. The City holds U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 10(a) permits (10(a)1(A) #TE833851-2 and 10(a)1(B) #PRT-839031) in conjunction with a Habitat Conservation Plan for protection of the endangered Eurycea sosorum, the Barton Springs Salamander. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has informally determined that these permits are also protective of candidate species Eurycea waterlooensis, the Austin Blind Salamander, because it inhabits the same springs as E. sosorum. The City's 10(a)1(B) permit grants permission for Incidental Take (hereafter ―Take‖) of E. sosorum resulting from maintenance, habitat restoration, and recreation in Barton and adjacent springs (USFWS 1998, pg.47). Since bypass and dam repair projects are not included in this permit, additional permission for one-time Take for each project is necessary to meet federal obligations to protect these species. Open Access - Permission by Publisher See Extended description for more information.
Barton Springs (Austin, Texas, United States), Eliza Spring (Travis County, Texas, United States), Old Mill Spring (Travis County, Texas, United States), Upper Barton Spring (Travis County, Texas, United States), Biology
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"Biological assessment Barton Springs bypass and dam repairs Austin, Texas" (2011). KIP Data Sets and Technical Reports. 14.