HOUSTON — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates the economic impact of protecting Central Texas habitats of four salamander species will be about $29 million over 23 years.

The federal agency that oversees care of endangered species says in a report released Thursday the costs associated with protecting about 6,000 acres in three counties are largely administrative. The service says it does not foresee impacts to water management activities, utility projects, mining or livestock grazing.

When the agency recommends listing species as endangered, it also limits activity in areas considered to be critical habitat. In this case, the service wants to protect habitat for the Austin blind salamander, the Jollyville Plateau salamander, the Georgetown salamander and the Salado salamander.

The public can comment on the report during the next 45 days.

(3) comments


@ The public can comment on the report during the next 45 days.------ Even if the public does have 45 days or even 145 days but the 'feds' as described above in title are the ones to answer the comment,I wonder if there will be any reason to waste time complaining or commenting? It seems as if the EPA have been put in charge of deciding what is to the betterment of not only any supposed endangered species in animal form but what is to the betterment of those in human being form. For instance, I remember in 2009, a 2" fish which was put on the list of endangered species. The people who worked and lived in the area known as the Growing Valleys of California had to allow,'without any say so themselves' this same government agency to shut off their water supply for growing crops, which ended in the valley becoming nothing but a bunch of dried out brush and dust bowls. Some of these growing fields were owned by the same families for generations. It left thousands without jobs. This Valley was known to have produced approximately 85% of the food supply for the country. It still hasn't returned to what it was at one time.--- Since that time so much of what was readily produced by our own farmers inside our own borders, now is imported from south of the border and at the same or even higher prices then they cost before. We have to wonder now as in 2009 when the water supply to California crops was shut off. Is it really for the sake of a 2" fish or, as now, money for a Salamander, or is there another reason,the people are asked to sacrifice by giving up water for crops in California and now 29 million dollars in Texas . And why always, the same gov.agency making these request.And why suddenly so much with-in the last 4 years. I like 2" fishes and salamanders the same as anyone else, but , I believe all living species are meant to go at some time or otherwise we would still have the dinosaurs walking among us .Maybe now is that time for the two mentioned species. ABC: Judge Cuts Water to California Farmers to Save Endangered Fish Brad Wilmouth | March 31, 2009

(Edited by staff.)


$29 million to protect the salamanders living quarters? What benefit will salamanders be providing to warrant that kind of upkeep? At least some endangered species like tigers are visually appealing. Protect whales, elephants etc. for future generations & nix the salamanders.


I agree 100%. Our Federal Government, along with our State, Counties, City, and School Districts are out of control on spending.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.