The Canyon Bass Club of San Marcos has applied to become the newest Friends of Reserviors Chapter. The CBCSM will be adopting Lake Dunlap and Canyon Lake. Chapter partners, work with controlling authorities and state agencies to enhance habitat and improve fishing on their home lakes.
|Friends of Reservoirs
Friends of Reservoirs (FOR) is established to improve public understanding and knowledge of fish habitat conservation in the reservoirs of the United States, and to support and better enable government agencies, and other partners at all levels, to manage fisheries and fish habitat in the reservoirs and associated watersheds of the United States for the benefit of the American people. To meet its mission, FOR will provide technical and financial support to agencies and others having management jurisdiction over or interest in reservoirs, provide outreach and education to the public on health and conservation of fisheries and fish habitat in reservoirs and reservoir systems, and supports implementation of reservoir conservation activities consistent with the mission of the Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership (RFHP) – a certified Fish Habitat Partnership of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan.
FOR will have four primary activities. First, FOR will support the mission of the RFHP. FOR will raise funds for reservoir-based fish habitat conservation projects. These projects will be implemented by the RFHP in cooperation and coordination with Federal, State, Tribal, and local governments, and other citizen and NGO partners. These projects will address reservoir and related watershed issues as identified in State Wildlife Action Plans, State and Federal agency plans, the National Fish Habitat Action Plan, and other planning documents as appropriate.
FOR will work in coordination with the RFHP to develop outreach and educational materials and programs to broaden and advance the awareness and understanding among the general citizenry of fisheries and fish habitat in reservoirs and reservoir systems. Included in this responsibility will be periodic assessments of the health of reservoirs and reservoir systems in the United States. FOR will also publish in coordination with the RFHP technical materials concerning best management practices for conservation of fish habitat and fisheries in reservoirs and reservoir systems. FOR will make those materials available to Federal, State and local authorities with responsibilities for reservoir administration, and others with interests therein. Additionally, FOR will create and maintain a web-based information center to facilitate both its general educational outreach programs and its more specific provision of technical assistance to governmental agencies, and others.
FOR will establish networks of communication and cooperation between itself and allied friends groups whose conservation responsibilities and interests coincide with or overlap in part with those of the RFHP. This will include coordination with the National Fish Habitat Action Plan and participation and support for the activities of other associated Fish Habitat Partnerships.
Friends of Reservoirs will administer the Partnerships for Fish Friendly Waters program – an alliance of certified local FOR chapters whose purpose is to support and advance the mission of FOR and the RFHP. Individual Partnerships for Fish Friendly Waters will be established for single reservoirs, groupings of reservoirs within a drainage, or as assemblages of reservoirs within a watershed. Upon application to and recognition by FOR, each local chapter will, in cooperation and coordination with governing Federal, State, tribal and local jurisdictions, and other partners, identify reservoir conservation needs and opportunities within their respective areas, raise funds to support those activities, and provide necessary financial and volunteer support to governmental agencies, NGOs, and others to implement them. Additionally, Partnerships for Fish Friendly Waters will contribute to the other activities of FOR and will have access to the technical expertise and assistance of the RFHP.