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Smithville rfhp project

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"Sticks and Stones" A Cooperative Effort to Increase Fish Habitat in Smithville Lake

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Smithville rfhp project

  1. 1. Eric Dennis Missouri Department of Conservation
  2. 2.  Smithville Lake is a 7,190 acre reservoir located in Smithville, MO  Primary use is for flood control and water supply  Reached multipurpose pool in 1982  175 miles of shoreline  During construction 4,000 acres left uncleared for aquatic habitat  30 years later, Smithville is sorely lacking in aquatic habitat
  3. 3.  Increase Aquatic Habitat  Increase Recruitment of LMB  Increase Angler/Fish Interaction  Work closely with our Cooperators of Smithville Lake  Find Funding
  4. 4.  Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership  Missouri Department of Conservation  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Clay County Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites  Multiple Fishermen, Guides, and Bait Shop Owners
  5. 5.  Bank Stabilization  Rock Piles  Brush Piles  Hinge Cutting trees
  6. 6.  Armored 3 of the most Highly Eroding Points on the Lake  5300 Ton of Rip-Rap  Price - $75,000
  7. 7.  Heavy Equipment Needs  2300 Ton of Large Rock/Boulders  Installed 9 Rock Piles (200 ton/pile)  Installed 6 Boulder Fields ( 90 ton/field)  Price - $65,000
  8. 8. 5th Annual FISH Day Friends Involved with Smithville Habitat March 24th, 2016 COME JOIN US!!! Volunteers needed to help improve fish habitat in Smithville Lake . FISH volunteers will be able to join MDC , USACE, and Clay Co. Parks and Rec for a full day of brush pile installation in Smithville Lake. Create your very own hot spot!! Activities on March 24th will include: • Brush pile installation • Free Lunch! • Prizes!! • Lots of fun!!! Registration Required: Missouri Department of Conservation - 816-271-3100 Eric.Dennis@mdc.mo.gov This years loading location: 9 am at Access 7, located at the end of McColloch Rd.
  9. 9.  Creation of Large Volunteer Program  Volunteers donated 1,000+ man hours  Installed 300+ Large Brush piles  Price – In-kind Labor and Equipment
  10. 10.  Hinge cut 7 miles of shoreline  500 trees  Spawning habitat  Multi-Divisional Effort  Price – In-kind Labor and Equipment
  11. 11. 83.7 0.0 10.0 20.0 30.0 40.0 50.0 60.0 70.0 80.0 90.0 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 CPUE-EF(>8"/hr) Smithville LMB RFHPInitiated
  12. 12. 0 5 10 15 20 25 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Avg lbs year Largemouth Bass AVG Winning Tournament Weights RFHPInitiated
  13. 13.  $15,000 Grant from R.F.H.P + Cooperators Contributions _________________________ Total $230,000
  14. 14.  Smithville Received a 2nd R.F.H.P Grant in 2014; the USACE is the lead  Installed 700+ Brush Piles since 2012  Hinge cut nearly 20 miles of shoreline  Stabilized 12 more of Smithville’s most highly eroded points

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