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The Challenge of Reservoir Fish Habitat Improvement in Texas: Its Going to Take a Village

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  1. 1. The Challenge of Reservoir Fish Habitat Improvement in Texas: It’s Going to Take a Village Dave Terre Chief, Fisheries Management and Research, Texas Parks and Wildlife President, Friends of Reservoirs (FOR)
  2. 2. Texas Reservoirs  They provide great fishing  Are economically important  Provide quality of life  They build connections to the outdoors 1109 public reservoirs 1,618,541 surface acres
  3. 3. Our Challenges  Built for purposes other than fishing  Most are not state-owned  Threats of invasive species and poor water quality  They’re aging! – Fish habitats are in decline and they require maintenance
  4. 4. Age of Texas’ Major Reservoirs
  5. 5. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Mudflats/shallowness Siltation Water Level Fluctuations Lack of Structure Lack of Connectivity Excessive Nutrients Nuisance Species Algae Blooms Limited Nutrients Non-Point Source Pollution Anomolous Water Regime Point Source Pollution % Texas Reservoirs Scoring 4 or 5 N=180 Reservoirs
  6. 6. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Mudflats/shallowness Siltation Water Level Fluctuations Lack of Structure Lack of Connectivity Excessive Nutrients Nuisance Species Algae Blooms Limited Nutrients Non-Point Source Pollution Anomolous Water Regime Point Source Pollution % Texas Reservoirs Scoring 4 or 5 N=180 Reservoirs
  7. 7. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Mudflats/shallowness Siltation Water Level Fluctuations Lack of Structure Lack of Connectivity Excessive Nutrients Nuisance Species Algae Blooms Limited Nutrients Non-Point Source Pollution Anomolous Water Regime Point Source Pollution % Texas Reservoirs Scoring 4 or 5 N=180 Reservoirs=180
  8. 8. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Mudflats/shallowness Siltation Water Level Fluctuations Lack of Structure Lack of Connectivity Excessive Nutrients Nuisance Species Algae Blooms Limited Nutrients Non-Point Source Pollution Anomolous Water Regime Point Source Pollution % Texas Reservoirs Scoring 4 or 5 N=180 Reservoirs
  9. 9. Its Going to Take a Village  TPW does not have the resources to solve these problems alone  Public and/or political support are always required  Friends of Reservoirs (FOR) helps leverage resources, support, and much more
  10. 10. Texas FOR Partners  Fishing Clubs  Organizations  Communities  Schools Friends of Lake “X” Friends of Lake “Y” Friends of Lake “Z”  Industry and local business  Managing agencies
  11. 11. FOR in Texas 14 - Chapters 4 - Organizations 1000’s of affiliated members 15 “adopted” reservoirs 10 funded projects FOR Grants: $141,225 (since 2010)
  12. 12. Lake Conroe Seven Coves Bass Club Lake Livingston Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs and Texas Black Bass Unlimited Lakes Buchanan and Inks Lake Buchanan Conservation Corporation Lake Wichita Lake Wichita Friends of Reservoirs
  13. 13. Seven Coves Bass Club  1st FOR chapter in Texas and Nation  Focus to improve fish habitats in Lake Conroe  TPWD Biologist Mark Webb  58 Members – Ron Gunter
  14. 14. Seven Coves Habitat Projects  Native aquatic vegetation planting and fish attractors - $10,000 (FOR Grants)  Serve on reservoir advisory panel, with TPW and other users
  15. 15. Seven Coves Accolades  Habitat project received State Environmental Excellence Award in 2013  Helped foster public awareness about the value of fishing within their community
  16. 16. Lake Buchanan Conservation Corporation (LBCC)  FOR organization affiliate  Focus to improve fish habitats in Lake Buchanan and Lake Inks  TPWD Biologist Marcos DeJesus  152 Members – Ron Abshier
  17. 17. LBCC Habitat Projects  Fish attractors in Buchanan and Inks - $0 (FOR Grants)  Local advocates for restoring river connectivity to Lake Buchanan  Connecting with other projects
  18. 18. Llano River Watershed Project Connections Lake Buchanan – LBCC FOR Lake Inks – LBCC FOR Lake LBJ - Site of a native aquatic vegetation project supported by the Canyon Bass Club of San Marcos (FOR Chapter) Colorado River – LBCC FOR
  19. 19. LBCC Accolades  Actively promote fishing in their community  Provide TPW access to local press and government officials  Fish stocking, angler access improvements, and Signage
  20. 20. Lake Livingston FOR (LL FOR) Texas Black Bass Unlimited (TBBU)  FOR chapter and organization affiliates  Partnering to improve fish habitats in Lake Livingston  TPWD Biologist Todd Driscoll  Key Member – Tom McDonough (LL FOR), TBBU 2,300 members
  21. 21. LL FOR/TBBU Habitat Project  Native aquatic vegetation plantings in Lake Livingston - $30,000 FOR Grants
  22. 22. LL FOR/TBBU Accolades  Involvement of youth, schools, business, and local communities  Promotion to local elected officials, other agencies, and media sources  Advocacy for TPW at Texas legislature
  23. 23. Lake Wichita Chapter  FOR chapter  Partnering with many others to revitalize Lake Wichita and restore its fish habitats  TPWD Biologist Tom Lang  Key Membership – City of Lakeside City, Texas (population size - 996)
  24. 24. Lake Wichita Habitat Projects  Native aquatic vegetation plantings, spawning habitats, and structural improvements in Lake Wichita - $29,225 (FOR Grants)  Lake bottom sculpting/sediment removals
  25. 25. Lake Wichita FOR Accolades  A major project of RFHP – first of its kind in Texas  Full community engagement (numerous business and project partners) - $1.6M raised in 17 months  Includes watershed improvements and recreational enhancements
  26. 26. TPW’s Vision For Reservoir Fish Habitat Improvement in Texas Friends of Reservoir Groups in Texas A Coalition for Fish Habitat Improvement!
  27. 27. FOR Reach (Nation)
  28. 28. What's in it for your Agency?  Builds relationships with your constituencies (both new and old)  Leverages in-kind labor and funding  Creates new opportunities for information exchange  Support on many kinds of projects  Together we’ll have a stronger voice on reservoir habitat issues nationwide
  29. 29. How Do I Get Started in My State?  Call or Email me!  512-389-4855  Dave.terre@tpwd.texas.gov

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