Water. Habitat. Life.

Healthy aquatic habitats are essential ecologic and economic components of "quality of life" for the American people. These habitats are threatened by poor land-use practices, pollution, climate change, and an abundance of other environmental stressors.
Building new reservoirs is difficult due to economic and environmental issues, so there is a need to protect and restore existing reservoir systems so that our grandchildren can enjoy the quality of life that we all want for them.


About the Organization

Friends of Reservoirs (FOR) is a tax-deductible non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting and/or restoring fisheries habitat in reservoir systems nationwide. FOR is the funding arm of the Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership, an organization of natural resource professionals and industry representatives, associated with the National Fish Habitat Partnership. FOR is also a coalition of local citizen groups dedicated to improving fish habitat in reservoir systems. If you are interested in getting involved, click on the "Join" or "Donate" button for more information.

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"Friends of Reservoirs is an outstanding opportunity for B.A.S.S. and the B.A.S.S. Federation National conservation programs to concentrate our habitat restoration and enhancement efforts where they will do the most good. The Reservoir Fish Habitat Partnership under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan was a dream come true for me as B.A.S.S. Conservation Director, and through the Friends of Reservoirs partnerships we can make that dream a reality."
Noreen K. Clough
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Check out how Terry Brown and Friends of Everbloom use side-scan sonar to enhance habitat work.View the video
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How you can help

  • Become a member of Friends of Reservoirs
  • Click Join to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member.

  • Donate to Friends of Reservoirs
  • Click Donate to make a tax deductible contribution.

  • Get involved
    • Familiarize yourself with the issues associated with aquatic habitat conservation.
      Once you become knowledgeable, contact your local, state, and federal politicians and encourage them to support programs that are directed at improving aquatic habitats.
  • Volunteer
    • Get involved with local groups that share a common interest in local aquatic rescources. Join a fishing club or other conservation group. Volunteer your time in lake clean-up projects or habitat restoration work. The time that you volunteer can be used as match on grants dedicated to aquatic habitat restoration.
  • Buy a State fishing license
    • The easiest way to get involved in fisheries habitat conservation is to purchase a state fishing license. A portion of these funds go to developing programs in your state to restore aquatic habitat.

  • Purchase fishing equipment
    • Taxes from the sale of fishing equipment and boat motor fuel are returned to state fish and game agencies, that in turn provides funds for aquatic habitat programs.

Recent project

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Mahoning Creek Lake. 2014

is located on Mahoning Creek 77 miles upstream from the Ohio River at Pittsburgh. The lake was authorized by the Flood Control Acts of 1936 and 1938. The dam was completed in 1941. The dam's primary management function is flood control, and is managed secondarily for water quality and recreation. Water quality issues arose in the 1970's due to acid mine drainage degradation. Although water quality issues have greatly improved, aquatic vegetation is nearly nonexistent. The goal of the aquatic habitat restoration project at Mahoning Creek is to establish aquatic vegetation to increase fish and invertebrate habitat and enhance overall aquatic health. Project funds will be used to build plant nurseries.
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