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Optional Enhanced Measures

Explains the TCEQ Optional Enhanced Measures.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued letters on September 4, 2007, to Governor Rick Perry and the TCEQ concerning the agency's Appendix A to RG-348: Optional Enhanced Measures for the Protection of Water Quality in the Edwards Aquifer (Revised) and Appendix B to RG-348: Optional Enhanced Measures for the Protection of Water Quality in the Edwards Aquifer and Related Karst Features that May Be Habitat for Karst Dwelling Invertebrates.

The letters are a concurrence that non-federal landowners and other non-federal managers under the TCEQ Edwards Aquifer Protection Program would have the support of the Service that no take under the Endangered Species Act would occur if they make use of the optional measures.

These optional measures, voluntary under the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program, will protect certain federally listed species from potential water quality impacts that may have otherwise resulted from development over the Edwards Aquifer region.

The original concurrence letter was issued to Governor Rick Perry on February 14, 2005.

TCEQ approval letters issued to applicants who employ the optional measures will include a statement that the optional water quality measures were met. Some situations will still warrant direct consultation with the USFWS, including projects located near springs, those requiring a federal permit, those that are unrelated to water quality and affect listed species, and those affecting other listed species not covered by the measures.