BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation has been working with Alabama Power Co. to develop projects on lakes owned by the utility. Projects include habitat improvement, access, fish management (such as live release boats) and state-of-the-art weigh-in facilities. This project has been an ongoing activity. Eddie Plemons, Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation president, and two other volunteers contributed 16 man-hours to the project in 2012.
EUFAULA, Ala. — The Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation helped prevent the addition of a landfill adjacent to the Chattahoochee River above Lake Eufaula. "Our participation was instrumental in getting involvement of key players in organizations concerned with the health of the river system," said Jim Howard of the Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation. "The end result was that the County Commission denied the permit." Howard contributed 8 man-hours to halt the landfill permit.
ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. — The Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation is continuing its involvement in the process of re-licensing two dams on the Tallapossa River. "Activities include review of the plans for assessment of impacts, submittal documents, input management strategies for all aspects of the dams and input any mitigation activities we see as relevant to fish populations, access, shoreline habitat, recreation and access," explained Jim Howard.
FRANKLIN, Ala. — Members of the Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation worked together to assess any potential fisheries impact related to the placement of a small hydroturbine at Clairborne Lock and Dam on the Alabama River. Three volunteers contributed 12 man-hours to this project.
BELGREEN, Ala. — Members of the Belgreen Bassmasters worked with others to place native species in Little Bear Lake, a lake with little natural vegetative habitat. The effort was part of a long-term habitat improvement project. The club involved university researchers in the project to help determine the most effective species and placement strategies. The project included planting the vegetation as well as creating protected vegetation beds.
BELLMONT, Miss. — The Bellmont Bass Anglers worked to help restore Bay Springs Lake. Club members assisted the Corps of Engineers with placement of habitat improvement materials in the lake and conducted shoreline cleanup in the surrounding area. In total, eight volunteers contributed 48 man-hours to the project. They cleaned up 2 miles of shoreline and placed eight habitat structures.
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The Flint River Bass Masters adopted a boat ramp on Lake Guntersville to conduct cleanup, maintenance and monitoring activities. The 15 volunteers, including junior club members, contributed 90 man-hours in 2012 to cleaning up the lake plus a mile of shoreline.
MEEKER, Okla. — The Leavenworth Bass Club, in conjunction with Whopped Baits of Meeker, Okla., started an effort in 2012 to recycle members’ used soft plastic lures. The club’s conservation chairman collected the lures from members during the last six months of the year. He mailed 13 pounds of used soft plastics to Whopper Baits in December. Whopper Baits re-poured the used lures and provided the re-poured lures to youth bass fishing clubs at no cost to the clubs.
LACYGNE, Kan. — Members of KC Bass and the Kansas B.A.S.S. Nation added habitat in LaCyne Reservoir. The 20 volunteers built 110 structures out of scrap PVC pipe and placed them in LaCygne, along with four Berkley Fish Habs. The chapter used funds from Kansas B.A.S.S. Nation and KC Bass conservation to buy supplies. They contributed 40 man-hours.
DENVER — Members of the Denver Bassmasters helped restore the habitat on Colorado's Quincy Reservoir. Volunteers added existing brush and trees, as well as 22 1/2 gallon buckets filled with cement and irrigation tubing and PVC pipe, to the reservoir at winter/early spring low water levels. "Within two weeks, fish were using structures," said Tom Grace, "and the structures were holding small baitfish and fry." The 17 volunteers contributed 125 man-hours to the project. They raised $600 and covered 160 acres.
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