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Monday, February 6 • 1:20pm - 2:00pm
Symposia Session - S1: Midwestern Reservoir Management and Assessment Strategies. A Career in Reservoir Fisheries Management and the Need for an Increasing Focus on Habitat Restoration

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AUTHORS: Jeff Boxrucker, Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership

ABSTRACT: The median age of reservoirs in this country is approaching 60 years and declining habitat is a function of the aging process. New reservoir construction is almost at a standstill so it is imperative for reservoir users and managers to slow the rate of habitat decline and restore degraded habitat in existing reservoirs if we are to maintain the functioning of these systems and the quality of recreational angling. The task of restoring habitat in the nation's reservoirs is a multijurisdictional challenge and cost prohibitive for a federal and/or state agency to accomplish without partnering with other public and private organizations or individuals. The Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership (RFHP) recognizes that reservoir fisheries habitat impairments are often extensions of poor land-use practices in the respective watersheds. RFHP works to bring agencies and local organizations and individuals together to address habitat impairments at the local scale. RFHP and the Friends of Reservoirs Foundation have a membership and grant program that encourages local groups to work with state fisheries biologists to ensure that projects enhance fisheries management plans. RFHP has conducted a habitat impairment assessment of reservoirs nationwide to help prioritize activities. Funded projects have focused on native vegetation restoration, structure addition and shoreline stabilization. Future projects look to partner with organizations to address watershed impairments to improve water quality and habitat in downstream impoundments.

Monday February 6, 2017 1:20pm - 2:00pm CST