As recipients of a More Fish Initiative 2007 grant, the South Carolina and Georgia BASS Federation Nations, in partnership with the South Carolina and Georgia Departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), are implementing a strategy which began Summer 2007 to restore aquatic vegetation on lakes Hartwell and Russell.
The goal of the project is to establish native aquatic plants in the reservoir to improve fish habitat. A diverse cross-section of native plants will provide for consistent fish production and growth, thereby ensuring that the Hartwell and Russell fisheries of the Savannah River system will remain strong for future generations.
The More Fish Initiative grant system gives agencies like NFWF and state DNRs the opportunity to effect real, grass roots change in our nation's fisheries through the national network of BASS Federation Nation member volunteers. The More Fish Initiative is part of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP).
Federation Nation volunteers are the crux of the initiative; their knowledge of, proximity to and desire to improve local and state fisheries are keys to the success of each project.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Lakes Russell and Hartwell Enhancement (GA & SC)
National Fish And Wildlife Foundation Funding
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The Project's Official Objective: Establish shoreline and littoral zone vegetation to improve fish habitat in Lakes Hartwell and Russell of the Savannah River in South Carolina and Georgia. Project will stabilize substrates and provide structural habitat for shoreline spawning fish.