ESA: New Threat to Texasand Need for Reform Texas Water Conservation Association Dallas, Texas March 8, 2012              ...
Candidate Species For Listing Under   FWS Settlement Agreements           19                                              ...
21 Texas Candidate Species                                                                                          Austin...
 September 17, 2011: Federal District Court approves  settlements between FWS, WildEarth Guardians and Center  for Biolog...
Scope of the 374 South-East Species Review
ImpactWorst Case: Endangered species list could         DOUBLE in size by 2020 1973-2011                       2011-2016 1...
Problems for Texas                              New species listings = New take liability More critical habitat designat...
Texas Needs to Organize Potential avoidance of listings Seek threatened rather than endangered status    Designation of...
National ESA Reform Effort NESARC is renewing its efforts in 2012 to educate  policymakers on ESA priorities and concerns...
Questions?For More Information:  Robert G. Szabo   rgs@vnf.com  Joseph B. Nelson    jbn@vnf.com  Jordan A. Smith    jas@vn...
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Endangered Species Act: New Threat to Texas and Need for Reform

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Endangered Species Act: New Threat to Texas and Need for Reform

  1. 1. ESA: New Threat to Texasand Need for Reform Texas Water Conservation Association Dallas, Texas March 8, 2012 Robert G. Szabo Van Ness Feldman, P.C.
  2. 2. Candidate Species For Listing Under FWS Settlement Agreements 19 2 4 3 1 11 6 2 11 3 3 3 3 2 2 4 RI: 2 4 3 2 3 13 6 10 5 DE: 3 21 5 10 3 DC: 1 5 7 6 MD: 2 14 7 17 23 5 15 5 5 9 6 22 21 5 28 2 KEY (# of proposed species) 69 1-9 40-49 0 500 Miles AK & HI not to scale 50-59 10-19 0 500 KM 20-29 60-69 30-39
  3. 3. 21 Texas Candidate Species Austin Blind Salamander (amphibian) 2 2 ! - Additional Portions of Range TBD Diamond Y Spring Snail (snail) 2 2 * Deadline FY 2012 (9/30/2012) Diminutive Amphipod (crustacean) 2 2 2 2 ** Deadline FY 2013 (9/30/2013) Dunes Sagebrush Lizard (reptile) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 Georgetown Salamander (amphibian) Red River Gonzales Springsnail (snail) 2 2 Guadalupe Fescue (plant) 3 2 3 3 Jollyville Plateau Salamander 3 Brazos 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 River (amphibian) * 3 3 Lesser Prairie-Chicken (bird) 3 Louisiana Pine Snake (reptile) !2 2 Colorado River 2 Neches River Rose-Mallow (plant) 2 2 3 2 2 2 23 Phantom Cave Snail (snail) 3 2 2 2 2 22 Phantom Springsnail (snail) 4 3 3 Salado Salamander (amphibian) 2 Pecos 4 Sharpnose Shiner (fish) ! 2 River Rio Grande Smalleye Shiner (fish) ! 2 4 Sprauge’s Pipit (bird) STATEWIDE Texas Golden Gladecress (plant) Texas Hornshell (mollusk) Warton’s Cave Meshweaver (arachnid) 2 Yellow-Billed Cuckoo [Western U.S. DPS] (bird) ** Rio Grande Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service February, 2012
  4. 4.  September 17, 2011: Federal District Court approves settlements between FWS, WildEarth Guardians and Center for Biological Diversity  Over 250 candidate species must be reviewed for final listing as either threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act by 2016  2011 & 2012 FWS Work plan adopted that covers actions on listing, critical habitat petitions and other actions for over 1,000 species  44 species have specific deadlines for FWS decisions  Likely to increase overall amount of species listed by 20% by 2016 PLUS September 26, 2011: FWS announces decision on a listing petition covering 374 species in the Southeast U.S.  Focused on species dependent upon aquatic, riparian and/or wetlands habitat  Region covered includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia
  5. 5. Scope of the 374 South-East Species Review
  6. 6. ImpactWorst Case: Endangered species list could DOUBLE in size by 2020 1973-2011 2011-2016 1,372 species listed as 250+ candidate species to be endangered or threatened considered for listing, plus initial petition findings and critical habitat designations for an additional 1,000 species
  7. 7. Problems for Texas New species listings = New take liability More critical habitat designations Higher $$ in compliance measures Regulatory uncertainty Re-initiation of existing biological opinions More litigation Increased risk to resource use activities
  8. 8. Texas Needs to Organize Potential avoidance of listings Seek threatened rather than endangered status  Designation of species as “threatened” allows for special 4(d) rule to provide for more flexible implementation of take prohibitions Ensure accurate critical habitat designations
  9. 9. National ESA Reform Effort NESARC is renewing its efforts in 2012 to educate policymakers on ESA priorities and concerns and to build support for potential action in the 113th Congress. Congress is paying attention 2013 could be the next real ESA policy improvement opportunity
  10. 10. Questions?For More Information: Robert G. Szabo rgs@vnf.com Joseph B. Nelson jbn@vnf.com Jordan A. Smith jas@vnf.comwww.nesarc.org Robert G. Szabo Van Ness Feldman, P.C. March 8, 2012
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