National Fish Habitat Partnership Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

April 26th marked the 10-Year Anniversary of NFHP

Beyond the Pond

Non-Profit Established to Benefit The National Fish Habitat Partnership

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.

Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo are located in the White River Hills region of the Ozark Plateau along the Missouri-Arkansas border. At conservation pool, Table Rock Lake encompasses 43,100 acres with 745 miles of shoreline, and Lake Taneycomo covers just over 2,000 acres. Table Rock Lake is the second largest of five reservoirs in the upper White River drainage basin which covers over 5,000 square miles in both Missouri and Arkansas. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates the recreational use of the lake at between 40 and 50 million visitor visits annually with the economic value of the fishery estimated at $41 million (1997 estimate). Along with the Branson tourism industry, Table Rock and the other White River impoundments are responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars pumped into the local economies.
The Harpeth River, one of the most ecologically, culturally, historically, and recreationally significant rivers in Tennessee, drains nearly 900 square miles in Middle Tennessee and flows through one of the fastest growing areas in the country. It is a state designated Scenic River in Davidson County and easily accessible from downtown Nashville.
This project was funded to protect native fish species and improve water use efficiency for water companies in the Weber River drainage, Utah. It re-connects 17.5 river miles and allows native Bonneville Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki utah) and Bluehead sucker (Catostomus discobolus) to pass one mainstem diversion and two culvert barriers that had fragmented mainstem and spawning habitats in two tributaries. Both Bluehead sucker and Bonneville Cutthroat Trout have experienced extensive population declines and range contraction. In the Weber River, Bluehead sucker occur in three remaining fragmented reaches with the strongest population in the Weber River confined below the diversion structure. Allowing passage around this diversion provides Bluehead sucker access to canyon habitat. Large fluvial Bonneville Cutthroat Trout have been virtually eliminated from river mainstems rangewide, but still persist within isolated mainstem segments of the Weber River, unable to migrate back to spawning grounds in tributary streams. Each reach in the Weber River supporting these two species has been fragmented by mainstem diversions threatening the population resiliency, genetic diversity and long-term persistence of both species.

Our Partnerships

  • Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership
  • California Fish Passage Forum
  • Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Desert Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Matanuska Susitna Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership
  • Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Western Native Trout Initiative
  • Hawaii Fish Habitat Partnership

Recent News

2016 “Waters to Watch” List Demonstrates Strength of Partners

June 15, 2016

(Washington, DC) - The National Fish Habitat Partnership (www.fishhabitat.org) has unveiled its list of 10 “Waters to...

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2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Project Funding Awarded to FHPs

June 09, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has awarded $1,826,156 to 18 of the 19 Fish Habitat Partnerships (FHP) under the...

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