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Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan Signed
Date Posted: September 5, 2005The final Recovery Plan for the Barton Springs salamander (Eurycea sosorum), an endangered species that lives entirely within Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, was finalized on August 29, 2005. The salamander depends on constant, clean flowing spring waters for its survival so its primary threats are the degradation of water quality and quantity.
The Recovery Plan presents recovery objectives and criteria and describes the actions needed to move the Barton Springs salamander from endangered to threatened status. The goal is to ensure the salamander's long-term viability, thus eliminating the need for Endangered Species Act protection.
Proposed recovery criteria for the Barton Springs salamander include: (1) protecting water quality; (2) avoiding and/or completely containing hazardous materials spills; (3) ensuring continuous, natural springflows at Barton Springs; (4) sustaining a healthy population throughout the Barton Springs ecosystem; (5) implementing measures to remove local threats; and, (6) establishing captive breeding populations. See link, below, for the final Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan.
Service Contaminants Biologist and Tri-State Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Manager, Jim Dwyer, acted as technical consultant to the Recovery Team.