Given that most reservoirs are public works projects, protecting and/ or restoring aquatic habitats has long been the responsibility of governmental agencies. Government programs, particularly federal grants, have been cut in recent years. Given the current economic and political climate, we can anticipate fewer governmental funds to be available for natural resource programs. However, the need for habitat restoration work is at an all-time high. The Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership and Friends of Reservoirs were established to increase public awareness of aquatic habitat issues, to mobilize private citizens to take active roles in restoration efforts, and to assist in raising funds for restoration work. As an aquatic resource user, either for recreation or simply as a user of public water supplies, you can play a role in this effort.
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Click to Donate and give to a cause that is improving one of America’s greatest aquatic resources- our reservoirs. Your contribution is tax-deductible, will be processed through PayPal and you will automatically be emailed a receipt for your tax purposes.
Get involved with local groups that share a common interest in aquatic resources. Join a fishing club or conservation group, volunteer your time for lake clean-up projects or habitat restoration work. Contact your local state fisheries biologists and learn ways that you can assist their programs. Your volunteer time can be used as a “match” for grants to restore aquatic habitat. Contact us to see how you can help.
Educate yourself about aquatic resource issues. There is no shortage of websites that will provide information: Aquatic Habitat Restoration, Florida Aquatic Habitat Restoration, Iowa Lake Restoration Program.
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