National Fish Habitat Partnership Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

April 26th marked the 10-Year Anniversary of NFHP

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Beyond the Pond

Non-Profit Established to Benefit The National Fish Habitat Partnership

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About National Fish Habitat Partnerships

The National Fish Habitat Action Plan is an unprecedented attempt to address an unseen crisis for fish nationwide: loss and degradation of their watery homes.

Shoshone pupfish are one of the most imperiled species in the Death Valley region due to their natural rarity, historic disruption of their habitats, lack of replication of the one remaining population, and genetic effects of small population size. Shoshone Spring and wetlands have been owned by one family for over 50 years. Endemic Shoshone pupfish were considered extinct by 1969, but rediscovered in a ditch near the springs in 1986. A single pond was built and stocked with 75 of these fish, believed to be the last of their kind. The purpose of the project was to construct two new additional habitats, one secluded in a mesquite bosque, and one in a landscaped tourist area. The project secured the existence of Shoshone pupfish in their native range far into the future, and will educate the public about their importance. The project quadrupled the habitat area occupied by endemic Shoshone pupfish, benefiting the entire known population in the one spring, springbrook, and spring supported riparian system where they naturally occur.
This project seeks to stop erosion, reduce sedimentation, reduce elevated water temperatures, and restore a riparian zone of the Mulberry River, a state-designated Extraordinary Resource Waterbody and nationally designated Scenic River. Restoration will take place on private property adjacent to US Forest Service (USFS) lands. This is a cooperative community project that will restore the streambank, reestablish the riparian zone 60 feet out into the floodplain, and educate citizens on water quality and river protection.
Lake Wichita
Lake Wichita is the third oldestreservoir in Texas, completed in 1901. Historically Lake Wichita was known as the “Gem of North Texas”, and served as a recreation destination social mecca, a driving economic force, as a haven for the wise-use and conservation of fish and wildlife resources, and as a foundation for community growth by serving as a drinking water source. Having surpassed its expected 100-year life span, Lake Wichita is no longer able to provide significant social, economic, ecological, or recreational benefits to the community. Having recently gone through a historic drought, we were able to see first-hand the fisheries habitat impairments that plague Lake Wichita. Siltation, degraded shoreline areas, loss of connectivity, excessive nutrients, lack of structural habitat, and lack of water coming from the watershed combine to cause Lake Wichita to cease to meet any of its intended purposes.

Our Partnerships

  • Great Plains Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership
  • Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Partnership
  • Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Pacific Lamprey Partnership
  • Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership
  • Driftless Area Restoration Effort
  • Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
  • Fishers & Farmers Partnership
  • Matanuska Susitna Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership
  • Desert Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Hawaii Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership
  • California Fish Passage Forum
  • Western Native Trout Initiative
  • Ohio River Basin Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership
  • Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership

Recent News

National Fish Habitat Partnership Launches New Website

National Fish Habitat Partnership Launches New Website

National Fish Habitat Partnership Launches New Website

The National Fish Habitat Partnership launched a redesigned website in August to...

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Matanuska-Susitna Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership Hosts Alaskan Projects Tour

Matanuska-Susitna Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership Hosts Alaskan Projects Tour

This week the Matanuska-Susitna Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership (Mat-Su Salmon Partnership) hosted its second annual site tour, which brought...

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