City of Georgetown Ordinance Approved December 20, 2013
On December 20, 2013, City of Georgetown approved a water quality protection ordinance that may preclude the listing of the Georgetown salamander by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The City of Georgetown approved the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone Water Quality Ordinance, which establishes setbacks for occupied Georgetown salamander springs, unoccupied springs and streams within the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone that occur within the City of Georgetown or its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). The ordinance is effective immediately.
aci consulting prepared a map of the area affected by the ordinance that can be viewed here:
The ordinance can be downloaded below:
and the supporting details of setbacks and protection measures (Exhibit A) can be downloaded below:
The timeline for listing dictates that USFWS must determine to list or not list the species by February, 2014.
If you have questions regarding the recent Georgetown ordinance or the status of the Georgetown salamander, please contact aci consulting’s Austin office.