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File #: AI 13-2473    Version: Name: Sept 20 VISPO items
Type: Action Item Status: Reported from Committee
File created: 9/2/2020 In control: Board of Directors
On agenda: 10/13/2020 Final action: 10/13/2020
Title: Consider recommendation from the Permits/Enforcement Committee to approve forbearance agreements with Turner-Pasche Ranch, LLC, and George D. Koch, for Edwards groundwater withdrawal rights in the total amount of not less than $83,430.00, and not to exceed $330,630.00, for the Voluntary Irrigation Suspension Program Option in support of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan.
Attachments: 1. VISPO Agreement template, 2. 4033610-RO approving VISPO forbearance agreement Oct. 2020 board
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Consider recommendation from the Permits/Enforcement Committee to approve forbearance agreements with Turner-Pasche Ranch, LLC, and George D. Koch, for Edwards groundwater withdrawal rights in the total amount of not less than $83,430.00, and not to exceed $330,630.00, for the Voluntary Irrigation Suspension Program Option in support of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan.

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RECOMMENDED MOTION:

Move the board adopt Resolution and Order No. 10-20-978 of the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board of Directors to approve VISPO forbearance agreements for permitted Edwards groundwater rights between the EAA and the permit holders listed below, in the total amount of not less than $83,430.00, and not to exceed $330,630.00, for the Voluntary Irrigation Suspension Program Option in support of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan, and authorizing the General Manager to execute the Agreement.


SUMMARY:

The purpose of this agenda item is for the board to consider a Permits/Enforcement Committee recommendation to approve forbearance agreements (Agreements) for permitted Edwards groundwater rights for the Voluntary Irrigation Suspension Program Option (VISPO) in support of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan (EAHCP). The EAHCP includes several measures intended to minimize and mitigate the impact of the use of Edwards groundwater on federally-listed threatened and endangered species associated with the Edwards Aquifer. A significant component of the EAHCP as a conservation and springflow protection measure is the use of VISPO as a long-term conservation measure to reduce pumping from the Edwards Aquifer during severe droughts and to help maintain a minimum springflow at Comal and San Marcos springs. The VISPO is a voluntary program through which the EAA is attempting to enroll and annually maintain 40,000 acre-feet of permitted irrigation rights into “forbearance agreements” so that the rights will go un-pumped in years of severe drought...

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