Healthy aquatic habitats are essential ecologic and economic components
of "quality of life" for the American people. These habitats are threatened by poor land-use practices, pollution, climate change, and an abundance of other environmental
Building new reservoirs is difficult due to economic and environmental issues, so there is a need to protect and restore existing reservoir systems so that our grandchildren can enjoy the quality of life that we all want for them.
Friends of Reservoirs (FOR) is a tax-deductible non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting and/or restoring fisheries habitat in reservoir systems nationwide. FOR is the funding arm of the Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership, an organization of natural resource professionals and industry representatives, associated with the National Fish Habitat Partnership. FOR is also a coalition of local citizen groups dedicated to improving fish habitat in reservoir systems. If you are interested in getting involved, click on the "Join" or "Donate" button for more information.
"Friends of Reservoirs is an outstanding opportunity for B.A.S.S. and the B.A.S.S. Federation National conservation programs to concentrate our habitat restoration and enhancement efforts where they will do the most good. The Reservoir Fish Habitat Partnership under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan was a dream come true for me as B.A.S.S. Conservation Director, and through the Friends of Reservoirs partnerships we can make that dream a reality."
Noreen K. Clough
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The easiest way to get involved in fisheries habitat conservation is to purchase a state fishing license. A portion of these funds go to developing programs in your state to restore aquatic habitat.
is located on Mahoning Creek 77 miles upstream from the Ohio River at Pittsburgh. The lake was authorized by the Flood Control Acts of 1936 and 1938. The dam was completed in 1941. The dam's primary management function is flood control, and is managed secondarily for water quality and recreation. Water quality issues arose in the 1970's due to acid mine drainage degradation. Although water quality issues have greatly improved, aquatic vegetation is nearly nonexistent. The goal of the aquatic habitat restoration project at Mahoning Creek is to establish aquatic vegetation to increase fish and invertebrate habitat and enhance overall aquatic health. Project funds will be used to build plant nurseries.
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FOR has uploaded new presentations covering project proposals, updates, and status. Join Jeff Boxrucker, Earl Conway, Mark Webb, Kevin Storey, Dick Walker and others while they present how habitat restoration and enhancement programs across the country are helping preserve fishing habitats.
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