USFWS Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Provisions
November 05, 2020
The PUA continues to enforce MOU requirements.
The 2000 US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an agreement negotiated by the LCRA in response to the planned construction of the Highway 290 waterline and addresses concerns relating to the impact of this waterline on endangered species. Compliance with the MOU is required for any new development that would be served by the Highway 290 waterline, primarily in Hays County. In 2005, USFWS informed the LCRA that Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Optional Enhanced Measures qualify as a regional plan under the MOU, and that if development follows these TCEQ requirements, endangered species would not be negatively impacted. The USFWS MOU continues to be enforced by the WTCPUA. In fact, the WTCPUA has expanded the applicability of the original agreement and has required USFWS MOU compliance in the majority of its service area.