Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership and Friends of Reservoirs Announce their 2018 Annual Meeting

RESERVOIR FISHERIES HABITAT PARTNERSHIP

Annual Meeting; 5-7 October 2018

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

Athens, TX

 The Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership (RFHP) and Friends of Reservoirs will be holding their 9th Annual Meeting at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas. The meeting will be held Friday through Sunday, 5-7 October, 2018. Lunch will be provided to the participants on the 6th and 7th; an Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday evening. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Best Western ($82.99/night + tax) in Athens for the RFHP meeting on October 4th – 7th at TFFC. The rooms are listed under “Friends of Reservoirs”. Hotel staff encourages everyone to make their reservations before September 4th as the rate will go up after that date. Rooms can be canceled with no charge until the scheduled day of arrival at 4 p.m. The hotel is located at: 1814 State Highway 31 E, Athens, TX 75751. Hotel phone: 903-292-1750.

A highlight of this year’s meeting will be a half-day workshop on reservoir habitat restoration Best Management Practices. Topics to be covered include:

  • Permitting
  • Structure
  • Nuisance aquatic vegetation
  • Establishing native vegetation
  • Sedimentation
  • Nutrient control
  • Shoreline Stabilization
  • Funding

Instructors include many of the individuals that contributed to the Reservoir Habitat Management Manual http://www.friendsofreservoirs.com/science/best-management-practices-manual/ .

A $100 registration fee will be charged onsite to defer travel costs of workshop speakers. Friends of Reservoirs will provide free rooms and registration for Friday and Saturday nights to FOR members. Contact Jeff Boxrucker if you are requesting gratis rooms and registration (jboxrucker@sbcglobal.net). Individuals need to make their own room reservations and reserve on their own credit cards; those receiving gratis rooms will have the bill transferred toRFHP master upon arrival at the meeting.

  • Transportation
    • Fly into DFW (TFFC is about 1.5 h northeast of DFW
    • TPWD may be able to provide transportation from airport to hotel, if arrival schedules can be coordinated
    • Copy Dave Terre (terre@tpwd.texas.gov) and Jeff Boxrucker (jboxrucker@sbcglobal.net) with itinerary
  • Meals
    • Hotel has onsite restaurant for breakfast
    • RFHP will provide lunch on Oct. 6 and 7
    • Awards banquet on Oct. 7 (evening)
    • Dinner on attendees own on Oct. 5

Schedule at a glance:

  • October 5 RFHP Business Meeting                                                  1:00-5:00
  • October 6 Reservoir Habitat Restoration Workshop                   8:00-12:00
  • Lunch (provided by RFHP onsite)                                                 12:00-1:00
  • Technical Session                                                                                1:00-5:00
  • Banquet                                                                                                 6:00-9:00
  • October 7 Technical Session                                                             8:00-12:00

A more detailed program will be made available as plans develop.

 

2016 Friend of Reservoirs Award Winners: Earl Conway-Elephant Butte project; Tom McDonough-Lake Livingston project; Tom Lang-Lake Wichita project