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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Greater D/FW Chapter: February Luncheon

11:00 AM - 01:00 PM Central Standard Time

NCTCOG
616 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX , 76005

(817) 640-3300


Join WTS for an informative presentation on new state-listed mussel regulatory requirements and emerging zebra mussel issues. Understanding these requirements help the planning of future projects and eliminate avoidable costly delays.

State-Listed Threatened Mussels and Regulatory Requirements: What You Need to Know to Avoid Project Delays

 

 

 

 

 

In 2010, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)listed 15 native freshwater mussels as “state threatened” species. State-listed mussels occur in the Red, Neches, Sabine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Colorado, Guadalupe, San Antonio, Nueces-Frio, Brazos, Rio Salado, Pecos, and Rio Grande river basins. State law prohibits take (i.e., harm, etc.) of state-listed species. 

Projects that may have impacts to rivers, tributaries, and/or reservoirs within the state of Texas, may require mussel presence/absence surveys and associated relocation activities, if applicable, prior to construction.  These activities should be conducted by persons possessing a permit issued by TPWD, and plans for potential relocations, if required, must be approved by TPWD.  In addition, zebra mussel populations have been recently documented at various locations within the Red, Trinity, and Brazos river basins; therefore, zebra mussel presence should be taken into consideration when performing TPWD-required native mussel survey and relocation activities.

 

About Our Speaker 
Ashley Oliver is an Environmental Project Manager at Halff Associates, Inc. in Richardson, Texas.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Texas A&M University and a Master’s of Environmental Management from Duke University.  She has over 14 years of technical environmental experience primarily focusing on impact analyses for site development and transportation projects.

Ashley is a Certified Ecologist with extensive experience in performing surveys for state- and federally-listed freshwater mussel species in Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.  In addition, Ms. Oliver has a Scientific Collection/Research Permit from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is authorized to lead projects involving native state-listed threatened mussels.

She has successfully conducted presence/absence surveys and/or relocation activities for freshwater mussels for more than 20 projects in Texas for a variety of clients including, state and federal regulatory agencies, state departments of transportation, water utilities, municipalities, and private developers.

 Please note, all no shows will be billed.

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