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http://www.bsu.edu/csh/bio/inafs/index.html AFS Indiana Newsletter of the Indiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Volume 10, Issue 2 August 2001 resources. The Indiana Chapter fall meeting Prez Sez! (by Scott Shuler) will be held during the afternoon of It has been a busy field season once again. I have October 23 at the conference. You may been busy this season and have Stu Shipman and attend only the business meeting without Tim Cwalinski to thank for taking care of AFS registering for the conference, but we strongly business. Stu and Tim took care of mailing out our encourage participation in the conference as well. completed Dam Removal Resolution to numerous Presenters will speak on: people. Thank you for getting this important task * The roles of natural resource professionals in completed. We still have to work on our AFS comprehensive planning and zoning Scholarship plans for the future. Our fall business meeting will be held in conjunction with the Land Use Conference to be held October 23rd and 24th. * Conservation easements and land trusts The Indiana Lakes Management Society has * Strategies for integration of conservation approached the AFS about a future joint programs to maximize land conservation conference. I have passed the word around to benefits EXCOM and we agree this would be a good idea. The plans may not come together for our 2002 * The real costs of development spring meeting so we may have to plan ahead for * State policies regarding transportation, the 2003 meeting. We will discuss this item energy, and land & water and how they relate to further at the fall meeting. I hope all of you have land use issues had a successful season. If you have any concerns regarding AFS issues please contact me and I will see what I can accomplish. Inside This Issue 1 Prez Sez! 1 2001 Fall Meeting 2001 Fall Meeting (by Gwen White) 2 CARA FALL BUSINESS MEETING TO BE 2 Check It Out! HELD AT THE GAINING GROUND 5 All in a Day’s Work LAND USE CONFERENCE On Deck! 11 On October 23 & 24 natural resource 13 IAFS Resolution on Dam Removal professionals from all over Indiana will come together at the Adams Mark Hotel in Indianapolis 14 IAFS Position Paper on Obsolete Dams to learn how they can influence land use decisions at the local level while conserving natural Editor: Janel Palla, Lake Michigan Research Station, 100 W. Water St., Michigan City, IN 46360; email@example.com; 219- 874-6824. Deadlines for submission of articles: fourth Friday in March; fourth Friday in July; fourth Friday in November AFS Indiana, August 2001 2 Natural resource professionals will share how they Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. This is got involved in land use back home and will a Governor's cabinet-level position responsible for explain how to use GIS in community planning for the administration of fish, wildlife, state parks and natural resources conservation. There will also be conservation law enforcement. Williams has also an opportunity to learn about other land worked as a professional wildlife biologist in conservation projects or programs going on in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and North Dakota. Indiana, and you will get to meet and work with The International Association of Fish and Wildlife other natural resource professionals from your area Agencies regards this nomination with great to influence land use issues. anticipation and pleasure. Steve Williams Conference sponsors include the Hoosier understands how the state Fish and Wildlife Chapter of the Soil & Water Conservation Society, Agencies operate and is very familiar with the Wildlife Society, Indiana Society of American IAFWA. Foresters, American Fisheries Society, Purdue University, Urban Forest Council, Indiana Latest developments: Association of Soil & Water Conservation The Conservation and Reinvestment Act (s.1328) Districts, Indiana Parks and Recreation was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate on August 8 Association, Biodiversity Institute, Purdue Land by Senator Mary Landrieu form Louisiana. This Use Team, and the Indiana Land Resources version of CARA passed the U.S. House of Council. Representatives last year with an overwhelming All Indiana AFS members should have received 315-102 vote. Look for more action after the an informational brochure by mail recently. August recess that ends after Labor Day. Registration materials will be mailed in August. If Betsy Ingle you have any questions, contact Gwen White at Teaming With Wildlife Coordinator (317) 232-4093. 402 W. Washington St. W273 Indianapolis IN 46204 Phone (317) 233-6487 firstname.lastname@example.org CARA (by Betsy Ingle) The House vote on the Conservation and Reinvestment Act CARA, H R 701 will likely take CHECK IT OUT! place in early fall after the August recess. Since there are now 235 co-sponsors of CARA in the House, it should pass easily. NOTRE DAME STUDENT CYNTHIA KOLAR WINS NATIONAL AFS SCHOLARSHIP The Indiana Coalition for Teaming With (by Gwen White) Wildlife reached 200 member groups. Among the The J. Frances Allen Scholarship is named after new members are 34 businesses, including Cinergy Dr. J. Frances (Jady) Allen, who was an Assistant Corp. and the Lake Erie Land Company. The Professor of Zoology at the University of Maryland Coalition urges its members to contact their and worked for the National Science Foundation Representatives to ask them to co-sponsor CARA and Federal Water Pollution Control or to thank them if they are co-sponsors. Indiana Administration. Her service to AFS began in Congress Members that co-sponsor CARA include: 1958. The award recognizes outstanding early Representatives Tim Roemer, Mark Souder, Julia career development in a woman doctoral student in Carson and Baron Hill. the fisheries profession with a $2,500 award for any costs related to the student’s research. This Related News: year’s recipient is Cynthia Kolar, a student at the Steve Williams is President Bush's choice for University of Notre Dame and Indiana Chapter Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. member. The runner-up was Kathleen McGrath of Since 1995, Williams has been the Secretary of the the University of Idaho. This national award is AFS Indiana, August 2001 3 very competitive, representing an excellent group These counties are: of women who are entering the fisheries discipline Allen, Brown, Cass, Clinton, Decatur, Fulton, each year. Congratulations on this recognition and Greene, Howard, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, achievements to both Cynthia and her major Jennings, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lawrence, advisor, Dr. David Lodge! Marshall, Miami, Monroe, Montgomery, Newton, Noble, Orange, Parke, Posey, Pulaski, Randolph, Ripley, Scott, Steuben, Sullivan, Wayne, White PROFESSIONAL DIVERSITY SUPPORTED and Whitley. (List of grant recipients follows.) BY INDIANA AFS (by Gwen White) The grants continue a 13-year state effort to Over a year ago, the Indiana Chapter agreed to join provide technical and financial assistance to local a number of AFS subunits by annually contributing units of government and organizations to address $100 to a travel fund administered by the AFS soil erosion- and nutrient-related problems Equal Opportunities Section. The fund provides affecting public-access lakes and streams. grants to encourage student attendance at national AFS meetings from under represented groups, They improve water quality through the including a variety of cultural backgrounds and installation of grass cover, filter strips and women. This year’s recipients of the $500 grant structures (e.g. wetlands) to reduce sedimentation include Sunit Kumar Singh (India), Paco Garcia de and nutrient runoff. They also fund studies to Leon (Mexico), and Cynthia Kolar (Notre Dame). document water-related problems and solutions. Thanks to the Indiana chapter for continuing to support this program! Students should be Today’s grants bring to 230 the number of projects encouraged to apply for this award, which has a that have been assisted since 1988. Those projects preference for cultural diversity and women, as have enhanced 133 rivers, lakes and streams and well as for the Skinner Awards, which will support 65 watersheds in 51 counties, the governor pointed travel costs up to $500 for any student. Plan now out. to attend next year’s AFS annual meeting in Baltimore. This year’s grants will help fund lake and watershed diagnostic studies, lake and watershed management plans, post-construction monitoring, DNR NEWS engineering feasibility studies, design and Indiana Department of Natural Resources construction, and land treatment projects. 402 W. Washington St. W255 B Indianapolis, IN 46204-2748 For immediate release: July 27, 2001 The grants are supported by $5 from each state- collected annual fee for a boat license. They O’Bannon announces $1.1 million supplement local funds. The grants are approved to protect water quality, reduce soil by the State Soil Conservation Board and erosion administered by the DNR Division of Soil Governor Frank O’Bannon today announced grants Conservation. totaling $1.1 million to protect the water quality in Indiana’s lakes and streams and to reduce soil Here are the grant recipients, grouped by type of erosion. project. The 30 lake and river enhancement grants will Lake diagnostic studies benefit people in 33 counties throughout the state. Steuben County (Lake Gage and Lime Lake): Editor: Janel Palla, Lake Michigan Research Station, 100 W. Water St., Michigan City, IN 46360; email@example.com; 219- 874-6824. Deadlines for submission of articles: fourth Friday in March; fourth Friday in July; fourth Friday in November AFS Indiana, August 2001 4 $13,500 to help the Lake Gage and Lime Lake Kosciusko County (Webster/Backwaters Lake and Association investigate turbidity levels and Tippecanoe River): $21,600 to Webster Lake Eurasian watermilfoil colonization of the two Conservation Association, Inc., to determine the lakes. feasibility of constructing a stormwater filter or wetland area at the northwest corner of Webster Post-construction monitoring Lake. Kosciusko County (Lake Tippecanoe): $48,000 to Tippecanoe Environmental Lake and Watershed Marshall County (Myers Lake): $15,000 to Foundation to conduct performance appraisals for Myers Lake Property Owners Association to four LARE-funded pollutant control projects, explore the engineering feasibility of pollutant including the Kuhn Ditch sediment trap/wetland, management from sites in the 858-acre Henwood Creek stabilization structures, Indian Myers/Lawrence Lake watershed. Creek nutrient/stormwater control basins, and Hanna B. Walker Drain sediment trap. Design studies Kosciusko County (Lake Wawasee): $54,000 to Watershed diagnostic studies Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation to carry Cass, Fulton, Pulaski, and White Counties out design work for 1) an enhanced wetland along (Indian Creek): $42,000 to soil and water Dillon Creek, 2) a sediment trap in the Bayshore conservation district to identify environmentally Channel, 3) check dams along Dillon Creek, and 4) sensitive areas and determine conservation needs check dams along Martin Ditch. of the 71,211-acre watershed. Design/construction projects Jackson County (White Creek): $33,300 to soil Brown and Monroe Counties (Lake Lemon): and water conservation district to evaluate the $59,488 to Lake Lemon Conservancy District to 28,500-acre downstream portion of White Creek continue ongoing design/construction work related watershed. to shoreline erosion control. Jasper and Newton Counties (Curtis Creek): Kosciusko County (Lake Tippecanoe): $63,750 $36,000 to soil and water conservation district to to Tippecanoe Environmental Lake and Watershed develop a database of watershed characteristics and Foundation to transform a highly erodible 10-acre priorities for future watershed land treatment crop field into an approximately five-acre wetland actions. on Smith Drain with five areas of adjacent grassed prairie buffer. Engineering feasibility studies Kosciusko County (Little Barbee Lake): $16,200 Aquatic vegetation management plans to Barbee Lakes Property Owners Association to Kosciusko County (Webster Lake Chain): investigate the feasibility of a wetland restoration $27,495 to Aquatic Control, Inc., to develop a GIS- adjacent to Putney Ditch. based comprehensive aquatic vegetation management plan that would be applied to the Kosciusko County (Webster Lake): $5,400 to seven lakes within the 50-square mile watershed Webster Lake Conservation Association, Inc., to terminating at the Webster Lake dam. explore the feasibility of retrofitting eleven stormwater drains in the town of North Webster Continuing watershed land treatment projects with some type of pollutant removal filters and to by county: >Allen (St. Joseph and Maumee Rivers) - prepare design specifications and plans for the $65,000; structures. AFS Indiana, August 2001 5 >Cass, Miami (Twelve Mile Creek) - nutrient/pests, and establishment of cover crops $50,000; and filter strips. >Clinton (Wildcat Creek) - $38,000; >Decatur, Jennings, Ripley (North Fork of Posey County (McFadden Creek): $30,000 to soil Vernon Fork of Muscatatuck River) - and water conservation district to work with $50,000; adjacent landowners to install buffers and filter >Howard (Kokomo Creek) - $30,000; strips to prevent gully erosion. >LaGrange, Noble (Witmer Lake) - $15,000; Contact: >LaGrange, Steuben (Big and Little Turkey Jim Ray Chief, Land & Water Conservation Lakes) - $70,000; IDNR Division of Soil Conservation >Montgomery, Parke (Lake Waveland) - 402 W. Washington Street -- Room W265 $30,000; Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739 >Noble, Whitley (Goose and Loon Lakes) - (317)233-3871 $40,000; firstname.lastname@example.org >Randolph, Wayne (Middle Fork of East Fork of Whitewater River) - $30,000; and >Sullivan (Middle Fork of Busseron Creek) - All In a Day’s Work $30,000 BALL STATE UNIVERSITY New watershed land treatment projects AQUATIC BIOLOGY AND FISHERIES CENTER Greene, Lawrence, Monroe Counties (Indian (BY TOM LAUER, DIRECTOR) Creek): $20,000 to soil and water conservation Mark Pyron has joined the faculty this summer, districts to implement conservation practices increasing the fisheries staff to three along with including fencing livestock out of the stream and Tom Lauer and Paul Allen. Mark came from Penn providing alternative water sources, installing State - Erie, but has many Midwest ties, including grassed waterway and grade stabilization post docs in fisheries, and family. His structures, stabilizing stream banks, pasture and responsibilities began on the Wabash River in hayland planting, and rotational grazing to prevent May, where he has spent most of the summer nutrient loading. collecting fish and habitat data from Delphi to Darwin. This fall he will additionally assume an Jefferson and Scott Counties (Quick Creek): instructional role in introductory biology and $20,000 to soil and water conservation district to ecology courses. Welcome aboard, Mark!! apply conservation practices to the 6,707-acre Ball State has begun an ambitious project on the watershed flowing into Hardy Lake. Wabash River. We are following in Jim Gammon’s footsteps ( DePauw University) and Jennings and Ripley Counties (Brush Creek trying to make some sense out of the Wabash Reservoir): $18,000 to soil and water conservation River fish community from Delphi downstream to districts to control erosion and introduction of Darwin, approximately 175 river miles. The focus nutrients into the reservoir from the 9,315-acre of the 2001 study is the calculation of IBI, IWB, watershed. and QHEI values. The field crew includes seniors Andrea Beier and Kendra Stader, along with junior Orange County (Lost River Karst Region): Leah Rigsby. These students have been introduced $25,000 to Orange, Washington, and Lawrence this summer to the wonders of the Wabash, work team to stabilize sinkholes, reducing massive including working all day in 90 degree heat, sediment loads through management of residue and smelling like dried gizzard shad slime, meeting Editor: Janel Palla, Lake Michigan Research Station, 100 W. Water St., Michigan City, IN 46360; email@example.com; 219- 874-6824. Deadlines for submission of articles: fourth Friday in March; fourth Friday in July; fourth Friday in November AFS Indiana, August 2001 6 congenial commercial fisherman, and fixing available on the Internet at: broken/damaged equipment. Welcome to fisheries www.IN.gov/idem/water/assessbr/biostud/sites.html ladies!! As a result of the workgroup meeting, the section is coordinating with other agencies sampling in the same general area to collect fish tissue samples. The watershed teams are also sending weekly emails to other agencies such as IDNR and universities indicating the date of possible sampling locations. The Assessment Information Management System (AIMS), a database development project, is beginning to make progress with the biological data which was housed in separate databases on personal computers. Macroinvertebrate data have been imported and fish community data are in the process of migration. Fish tissue, sediment, and lake data will be worked on next. Andrea Beier on the Wabash River. Our section has seen many staffing additions She just loves her work!! and changes over the past few months. We now (Ball State University Photo) have three 180 day positions filled by Stacey Durr, David Stahl, and Carl Wodrich. We also have The Lake Michigan yellow perch project Kristen Kincaid from the Watershed Management continues on! The good news is that the perch are Section to help process lake samples collected growing fast and getting real big. Lots of 12-14 during the summer of 2001. Three general inch fish to be had for the anglers if they can find summer assistants, Caron Hamilton, Wesley Ket, them. The bad news is that a high density of and Laura Spieth, have been helping collect alewives is again showing up in 2001, placing macroinvertebrates, sediment, and fish tissue strong yellow perch recruitment in jeopardy. New during the field season this year. We have really grad students Holly Truemper and Jason Doll are appreciated their help in processing laboratory working this summer on the lake along with senior samples and fieldwork! Nicholas Phillips. The Biological Studies Section is continuing the Tom McComish continues his retirement, but Surface Water Quality Monitoring Strategy by pops in with some regularity to check on things sampling in the West Fork and Lower White River and offer advise. Tom will be attending the AFS and Patoka River Basins for the summer of 2001. meeting in Phoenix this August. If you are going, The objective of the “Strategy” is to assess the look for him as he will be sure to buy you a beer. water quality of the state for designated uses by measuring the physical, chemical, bacteriological, and biological properties of the aquatic BIOLOGICAL STUDIES SECTION environment. For more information on the OFFICE OF W ATER QUALITY “Strategy”, see our web site at: www.IN.gov/idem/water/assessbr/SWQMS2001finaldoc. INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PDF MANAGEMENT The goal for this year is 30 sites in the Patoka (BY STACEY SOBAT) River Basin and 42 sites in the West Fork of the Since the April Newsletter, we have been very White River. On July 2, the watershed sampling busy entering 2000 data and preparing for the field teams began to sample the White River Basin. season. On May 1, staff presented the 2001 Fish Sampling in the Patoka River Basin will begin Community Sampling Plans to the Interagency Fish during the last week of July. For more details on Sampling Workgroup. A map and list of sites is AFS Indiana, August 2001 7 the Biological Studies Section activities, visit our updated web site at: www.IN.gov/idem/water/assessbr/biostud.html FISH AND W ILDLIFE SERVICE (BY MIKE LITWIN) In June, the US Fish and Wildlife Service participated with Frank Veraldi of the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Chicago District and Nathan Brindza of IDNR in a reconnaissance fish survey of Kankakee River backwater areas. The purpose of the survey was to assess the fish community quality of backwater areas and investigate the feasibility of 31-lb. Carp from the St. Joseph River (Joe Foy photo). reconnecting some backwaters to the main channel (or expanding existing connections) to enhance overall habitat of the river system. Some of the backwater areas appear to support diverse fish communities under current circumstances, however their water supply is strongly affected by rainfall patterns and river levels. CITY OF ELKHART PUBLIC W ORKS AND UTILITIES (BY JOE FOY) All is going well in Northern Indiana. We are very close to completing our first year of sampling in both Elkhart and St. Joseph counties. In case 9.75-lb. Walleye from the St. Joseph River you haven't heard, the City of South Bend entered (Joe Foy photo). into an inter-local agreement with Elkhart to have Elkhart sample and report on the fish and fish communities in the rivers and streams around INDIANA DEPARTMENT South Bend. This sampling has presented some OF NATURAL RESOURCES unique challenges, but has gone very smoothly DIVISION OF FISH AND W ILDLIFE thanks to a dedicated group of college interns. We have found that the small streams around FISH MANAGEMENT DISTRICT 4 South Bend are not as diverse as our tributaries, (BY ED BRAUN AND DAVE KITTAKA) but they do grow bigger fish in the St. Joseph It has been a busy year. As of today (July 29) River! We have collected a 31 lb. carp, 14 lb. Dave and Sharon are waiting for their third child. northern pike, and a 9.75 lb. walleye in the St. Joe Due July 30. Sharon has been keeping Dave on a county stretch of the river. short leash. See you at the fall meeting! In May we did bass population estimates on Hominy Ridge Lake (Salamonie State Forest) and Blue Lake in Whitley County. The Blue Lake estimate was 22 per acre with a lot of bass in the Editor: Janel Palla, Lake Michigan Research Station, 100 W. Water St., Michigan City, IN 46360; firstname.lastname@example.org; 219- 874-6824. Deadlines for submission of articles: fourth Friday in March; fourth Friday in July; fourth Friday in November AFS Indiana, August 2001 8 14-16 inch range. The Hominy Ridge Lake I hope some of you got the chance to join Dr. estimate was 61 per acre. Only 19 legal size bass Jenkins. were collected (up to 21.6 inches). We did however pick up over a dozen of the grass carp. They grew. Grass carp were stocked in 1986 and 1993. In June we went back to Hominy Ridge Lake to do bluegill and redear population estimates. The weather didn’t cooperate very well. The water cooled off and the bluegill moved off the beds. After three weeks of effort the standard error of the bluegill estimate was still at 21%. The estimate was 1896 per acre. Redear estimate was 224 per acre (16% standard error). Center Lake in the city of Warsaw was treated with Sonar in the fall of 1996. In 1997 the Eurasian watermilfoil was gone. In 1998 the EWM was back. The Center Lake Association signed a three year contract with EnviroScience to Grass carp from Hominy Ridge Lake, May 2001 stock the weevils. In 2000, the weevils were (Ed Braun photo). stocked too late to evaluate any impact. EnviroScience was back this June and could not find any weevils. EWM was also hard to find, but probably not from weevils. EWM was mysteriously very late in most lakes this year. We did a general survey to see if the fish population had changed any. The bluegill and bass looked very good and the northern pike catch was 2 per net lift. A new access site was constructed on Goose Lake in Whitley County last year so we did a survey to see what the fish population looked like. Bill Gulish used Goose as one of his study lakes in the early 1970's. It’s reputation for big bluegill and Naturalist aide Chris Dixon with 26 lb. flathead from redear is well deserved. Huntington Reservoir (Ed Braun photo). A survey of J.E. Roush Lake (Huntington Reservoir) in July was interesting. The hot dry weather and little flow let the algae bloom. The Esocid Technical Committee Summer Meeting water was dark green with a secchi of 14 inches. Kemp Natural Resources Station, Woodruff, WI Dissolved oxygen at 14 feet was 2.5 ppm. We July 10-11, 2001 collected no adult shad until the last day at the Northern Pike Winter Creel Analysis, Dan upper end. YOY shad were everywhere. No Isermann, South Dakota State Univ. East 81 shortage of drum, quillback, carp, goldfish, channel Slough is 1400+ acres with limited boat access. catfish, white crappie or white bass either. The Species present include yellow perch, bullheads surprise was how a 26 lb. flathead managed to get and northern pike. High water created these lakes all the way into the pot of a trap-net. We also about 10 years ago. There is no outlet. The creel ran Dec. 2000-March 2001. It was a stratified found 4 walleye. random roving creel design. Weekends and weekdays were kept separate. Seven shifts per AFS Indiana, August 2001 9 week. Anglers were classified as shack or open which genetic stock of musky performs best in ice. Opportunistically measured NOP and removed Illinois. The study will include hatchery cleithra. 750 interviews were conducted. 15% performance and long term survival. Missouri has were targeting NOP, most were after YEP. 168 expressed interest in cooperating. If other states NOP were caught, 106 were harvested. 21-24 inch join the venture the study may be expanded. NOP were acceptable to anglers. Problems with NOP Tracking, Ed Braun, Indiana Using Barrier Nets to Prevent Stocked Muskies DNR. I presented Tim’s NOP tracking data from from Leaving Impoundments in Illinois, Steve Pallo, Chapman and Pretty Lakes this past spring (see Illinois DNR. Most muskies leave Illinois Tim’s entry). The consensus was that Tim missed impoundments at 28-35 inches. Illinois believes the spawn. Pallo stated that in Illinois, the pike this migration has seriously limited the number of spawned within three days after ice out but they trophy musky in their lakes. Kincaid Lake picked up adult pike with eggs as late as early permanent barrier made of 2 inch bars on 6 inch June. Wisconsin and Minnesota agreed that this spacing. Barrier height is 27 inches. Some water year spawning occurred early and in a short time supply lakes use temporary nets. Heavy duty frame. Spot lighting at night should have begun plastic, 1 to 1 ½ inch mesh. Local park personnel immediately at ice out. do monitoring and trash removal. NOP fry are very photo positive up to about 55 mm. Illinois stocks 9-10 inch pellet reared/forage finished Light traps set in nursery areas can be used to fingerlings at 1 per acre. confirm successful reproduction. Protecting Esocid Habitats Through Regulation of Ed’s Note: The fishing was great, the catching-maybe Erosion Control Structures, Paul Cunningham, next year. Wisconsin DNR. Wisconsin is developing administrative rules regulating shoreline protection. They are working on a matrix based on wave NORTH REGION FISHERIES RESEARCH height. Bulkhead seawalls would be almost (BY TIM CWALINSKI) impossible to get approved. Rip-rap (glacial stone The sixth year of field sampling was completed in Indiana) is not desirable either. First preference earlier this year on our four study lakes at Tri- is vegetation. County FWA. This study continues to examine the 18-inch size/2 fish creel limit on largemouth bass Changes in Stocking Strategy among Esocids in Wisconsin, Tim Simonson, Wisconsin DNR. 700+ and its overall effects on density and size structure muskie waters in Wis. Twenty creels per year, of predator and prey. The extensive mark and about 7 year rotation. recapture sessions this year again proved that bass 18-inches and larger have not increased or A1 waters (natural reproduction) surpassed our target number. Densities of bass 14- catch/hr.=.04 18 inches have fluctuated widely among the lakes harvest/hr.=.001 and among years within each lake. There has been A2 waters (stocked but some natural reproduction) a general increase however in this size grouping of catch per hour=.05 bass. Significant changes in bass and bluegill harvest per hour=.0015 growth in relation to bass density changes have yet to be examined. One year remains on this project. Starting a 10 year study on A2 lakes, 1/3 no Partial results of this study will be presented at the stocking, 1/3 stocked at 0.5/acre alternate years, AFS North Central Division Centrarchid Technical 1/3 stocked at 1/acre alternate years. Current stocking rates are based on history of a particular meeting this month in Wisconsin. lake with no reason and no science. Total hatchery The walleye regulation field studies which production will remain unchanged. began in 1995 are completed and are pending summarization. There is also a lot of catch “Green Gene” genetic project, Steve Pallo, Illinois statistics to analyze with this project (i.e. - 4 lakes, DNR. Illinois is proposing a genetic study to identify 1995-2001, gill nets/electrofishing, growth, year Editor: Janel Palla, Lake Michigan Research Station, 100 W. Water St., Michigan City, IN 46360; email@example.com; 219- 874-6824. Deadlines for submission of articles: fourth Friday in March; fourth Friday in July; fourth Friday in November AFS Indiana, August 2001 10 class variability, harvest, angler opinions, etc etc). Broad Ripple. Of course, there are several county The winter and spring field ultrasonic tracking picnic/fishing sites along there, plus biking/ of northern pike was summarized in the April 2001 walking trails. It looks like it is (and has been) an newsletter. I am currently working on the underutilized resource for fishing, compared to the summarization of this data. It was relatively easy East Fork. to incorporate the seasonal and daily (multiple Now that the West Fork White R. fish kill is not times) location coordinates into the mapping taking up all of my time, I am tying up the project software. The tough part has been trying to report for the Dove Hollow Lake bass project. I separate the data into meaningful segments (i.e.- am also working on the Fisheries Info System creel post/pre spawn). The night tracking (typically dusk survey project, which will establish some standards to midnight) proved to be the most interesting with for our angler surveys. It is also intended to lay the fish acting out of “daytime character”. The ground work for creating a statewide database for literature proved to be accurate here. However, angler surveys. there is conflicting views on water temperature at time of spawning. We did not see any of our fish FISH MANAGEMENT DISTRICT 7 (or any others) in shallow in the act of spawning or (BY DAN CARNAHAN AND TOM LANG) closely associated with other fish or even spawning This summer has been keeping me pretty busy. vegetation. That is not to say that we didn’t see Besides all the fish work I now have two plenty of our study fish in shallow. We did. Ed daughters, Hannah and Emily, to help take care of Braun recently opened up the discussion regarding that were born on June 16. Fish management this project to other professionals at the AFSNCD surveys have been conducted at Patoka Lake, Esocid Technical committee meeting in Wisconsin. Scales Lake, Prides Creek Lake, Old Holland In his summary, the general consensus was that we Lake, Lincoln Lake, and Loon, Blue Grass, and simply missed the spawning season under the late- Otter pits at Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area. A ice this year. There was a period of bad ice for a largemouth bass population estimate was also couple weeks in February and early March when conducted at Ferdinand State Forest Lake. the lakes were inaccessible. However, we trapped The largemouth bass electrofishing catch rate at numerous ripe, free flowing females in Big Patoka Lake was 194 per hour, which was high Chapman Lake on March 22. Any ideas out there? compared to the average catch rate of 120 per hour Stu continues his struggles with the over the last four years. The catch rate for development of the fish information system. His largemouth bass measuring at least 15 inches was job duties as secretary-treasurer of the AFS 31 per hour which was up from 11 last year. Computer User section will be terminating, Angler creel surveys are ongoing at Scales Lake however, he is now president-elect. My duties and Hovey Lake. Scales Lake has been producing continue as IAFS secretary-treasurer. NLR some dandy bluegill and redear sunfish, while employees this summer are also involved with: Hovey Lake seems to be the catfishing capitol of Huntington Reservoir sampling, Killbuck Creek southwest Indiana. sampling, and a survey at Indiana Lake which will have modified cisco sampling effort. LAKE MICHIGAN FISHERIES RESEARCH STATION (BY JOE EXL AND JANEL PALLA) SOUTH REGION FISHERIES RESEARCH The Lake Michigan office is back to full-staff (BY BOB BALL) with the addition of Joe Exl in the Property Dave and I finished a float trip on West Fork Manager 4 position. Joe began with the Lake White R. in late July intended to facilitate our Michigan office as our naturalist aide back in plans for a creel survey in 2002. We found very 1995, shortly thereafter becoming a permanent little fishing, or even boats and docks along the employee as the deckhand. After a short leave of river from Noblesville to Sandy Point just above absence with the Fish and Wildlife Service as a AFS Indiana, August 2001 11 Fisheries Biologist from May 2000 to April 2001, practice our chainsaw skills removing a major log Joe returned to the station. jam that anglers were using to access the opposite Field season is well underway here on the big stream bank downstream of the Robert Peo Public pond. The spring predator assessment saw a Access, on a private landowners property. Angler significant increase in Lake Trout catches garbage continues to be a nuisance at the hopeful compared to those last season. Lake Whitefish Old Johnson Road Public Access. Got to love catches were also quite high. A total of 69 Lake those anglers. Trout were processed by the end of the spring collection. The crew will be targeting Lakers again this fall off of historical spawning grounds including Michiana Reef the submerged break wall at the Port of Indiana. Stream surveys utilizing the new stream assessment methodology (developed by the IDNR Lake and Reservoirs Work Group) began toward the middle of July along various points on Trail Creek. These streams were last sampled in 1976 by Neil Ledet. Utilizing the new methods, we are revisiting many of Neil’s old sites and tacking on a Steelhead smolt collected from the West Branch of Trail Creek, LaPorte County, few extras. Luckily, no Roundnose Gobies have on August 9, 2001 (Brian Breidert photo). been collected in the upper reaches of the East and West Branches of Trail. A strong benthic fish community still exists in many stretches with Slimy Sculpins dominating the catches by number ON DECK! and even weight! Also very encouraging, are the few stretches where apparent natural steelhead reproduction is occurring. Several smolts have been collected in upstream locations with mixed August 19-23, 2001 st sand and gravel beds with healthy riparian zones. 131 American Fisheries Society These beautifully marked fish have ranged from Annual Meeting anywhere between 2 ½ and nearly 5 inches in Phoenix, Arizona length (see photo). Sedimentation seems to be the http://www.fisheries.org/annual2001 largest threat to the Trail Creek system. Unstable beds of sand threaten to fill the few deep pools along the stream. Without the downstream scour holes created by log jams, many portions would be October 23-24, 2001 one giant riffle/run. By the end of the surveys, we Gaining Ground: hope to indicate stretches that need protection or Natural Resource Professionals areas that would benefit from habitat work. Exploring Land Use Solutions Janel, Brian, and myself continue to fill in free Airport Adams Mark Hotel time (yeah right) with meetings, the creel program, Indianapolis, Indiana filling other agency data requests, and public access issues. The Chustak property on Salt Creek Sponsors: is now fully operational with sign postings and a Hoosier Chapter of the Soil and Water new 2,000 foot plus barb wire fence in place. Joe, Conservation Society; along with the naturalist aide and laborer got to Wildlife Society; Editor: Janel Palla, Lake Michigan Research Station, 100 W. Water St., Michigan City, IN 46360; firstname.lastname@example.org; 219- 874-6824. Deadlines for submission of articles: fourth Friday in March; fourth Friday in July; fourth Friday in November 12 Indiana Society of American Foresters; October 23, 2001 American Fisheries Society; Fall Meeting of the Indiana Chapter of the Purdue University; American Fisheries Society Other Sponsoring Organizations: Airport Adams Mark Hotel Urban Forest Council; Indianapolis, Indiana Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts; The Indiana Chapter fall meeting will be held during Indiana Parks and Recreation Association; the afternoon of October 23 at the Gaining Ground The Biodiversity Initiative; conference. You may attend only the business Purdue Land Use Team; meeting without registering for the conference, but you Indiana Land Resources Council; are strongly encouraged to participate in the conference as well. This conference will bring together natural resource / environmental professionals from a wide array of organizations and fields to discover the varied roles they can play in land December 9-12, 2001 use decision making in their communities. 63 rd Midwest Fish and Wildlife This is the first time in Indiana history that all these sponsoring organizations have ever Conference attempted to meet together under one roof. Marriott Hotel Look for your registration packet in August. Des Moines, Iowa For more information about the conference, contact: Sponsors: Iowa Department of Natural Gwen White Resources and Iowa State University 317.232.4093 email@example.com Conference theme: TRANSITIONS IN THE CONSERVATION LANDSCAPE Conference website: http://www.state.ia.us/midwest2001 13 American Fisheries Society Indiana Chapter North Central Division RESOLUTION: ON THE ROLE OF DAMS AND BENEFITS OF DAM REMOVAL TO THE RIVER SYSTEMS AND CITIZENS OF INDIANA Whereas, some Indiana dams were and still are an important feature and focal point for many Indiana communities; and Whereas, some dams are obsolete, structurally unsafe, uneconomical to maintain, have surpassed their design life and no longer serve the intended purpose for which they were constructed; and Whereas, some dams on rivers restrict the movement, distribution and exchange of genetic material of fish and other aquatic organisms; and Whereas, some dams have deleterious effects on the physical, chemical and biological aspects of water quality; and Whereas, removal or breaching of some dams has proven to be an effective means of restoring river and stream ecosystems; and Whereas, dam removal in Indiana continues to be overlooked as a significant river and watershed restoration tool; and Whereas, expenditures for removal of privately owned dams is often prohibitive and federal and state cost share programs are not available. Be It Resolved, the Indiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society supports the selective removal of dams that no longer serve a useful purpose and where the costs, including environmental and social costs, outweigh the benefits of maintaining particular dams. Indiana AFS further supports the development and funding of a river restoration initiative administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) that uses a scientific approach, promotes watershed management, considers economic, social and environmental issues as well as public safety, encourages public participation, and includes a cost share program to assist with either fish passage or dam removal of privately and publicly owned dams. Be it further resolved that the IDNR and the American Fisheries Society (Parent Society) are encouraged to develop comprehensive policy statements regarding the removal of dams where ecosystem restoration is likely. Approved by the membership at the annual business meeting March 1, 2001. Editor: Janel Palla, Lake Michigan Research Station, 100 W. Water St., Michigan City, IN 46360; firstname.lastname@example.org; 219- 874-6824. Deadlines for submission of articles: fourth Friday in March; fourth Friday in July; fourth Friday in November Indiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society 14 Position Paper on Obsolete Dams in Rivers and Streams of the State Approved March 1, 2001 at the annual business meeting Over the past 100 years, the United States led the world in building dams to harness rivers for a variety of purposes including recreation, hydropower, irrigation, flood control and water storage. The US Army Corps of Engineers has cataloged approximately 75,000 dams, greater than six feet tall, along the waterways of the United States (table 1). The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) estimated that it would take over $40 billion nationally to bring unsafe dams up to present safety standards. Tens of thousands of smaller dams impound our rivers across the country. Few human actions have more significant impacts on a river system than the presence of a dam (Dam Removal Success Stories, 1999). Furthermore, most of these dams are owned by private individuals or companies (table 2). Table 1. Listed purposes of dams in the U.S. Army Corps of Table 2. Ownership of dams in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineers national inventory. national inventory. Purpose Number Percentage Owner Percentage Recreation 23,185 31.3 Private 58 Fire & farm ponds 12,557 17.0 Local government 17 Flood control 10,801 14.6 Undetermined 15 Irrigation 10,176 13.7 State government 5 Water supply 7,226 9.8 Federal government 3 Tailings & other 5,967 8.1 Public utility 2 Hydroelectric 2,166 2.9 Undetermined 1,732 2.3 Navigation 243 0.3 Indiana contains over 1,200 dams which fall under IC 14-27-7 (Dams, Dikes, and Levees; Regulation) that requires the Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Division of Water to make an engineering inspection every 2 years to evaluate dam safety and sets a course of action for unsafe dams. Of these 1,200 dams, 70 are owned by the IDNR of which 32 have been identified with safety issues. Recent legislative action provided $10 million just for the engineering studies required to bring only the IDNR owned dams up to safety standards. Additional appropriations will be required to repair or remove these IDNR owned dams. The Division of Water believes there are probably 1,000 more dams that are not regulated by IDNR, some of which are over 100 years old and in poor condition. Many of these old dams are privately owned and do not present a high downstream hazard since the flood wave from an uncontrolled breach would not exceed past historic flood levels, although they do impact the stream’s ecology by changing the character of the stream and blocking fish passage. Under Public Law 566, 127 earthen dams in 33 small watersheds were constructed in Indiana. Over the next 10-15 years, 30 of these structures will reach the end of their 50 year design life. Additionally, thirty-nine dams, that were originally built to protect agricultural lands, now have homes and buildings in the floodway thus increasing their hazard rating. The Federal government has authorized a cost share program at 65% of total cost to upgrade these dams to meet present safety standards, although no funds have been appropriated. Indiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society 15 Position Paper on Obsolete Dams in Rivers and Streams of the State Approved March 1, 2001 at the annual business meeting The 1996 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation estimated that a quarter million anglers fished on Indiana streams for almost 3 million angler days. The Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife’s strategic plan on rivers and streams presented the following management philosophy: “A stream is equal to the sum total of its watershed. Effective stream management, protection or restoration is dependent upon a watershed approach that includes participation from all stakeholders within that watershed.” One of the strategies outlined in this strategic plan calls for the creation and prioritization of a list of dams that could be removed to enhance degraded stream habitats. Repair, including accommodations for fish passage, or removal of dams on streams is a major undertaking that requires both state and federal partnerships with dam owners for successful implementation. The intent of this resolution is to foster a climate of cooperation where all parties can voice their concerns and reach consensus on the economic, social and ecological values of dams on rivers and streams. Obstacles to dam removal include riparian owners concerns about the loss of value at their lakeside property, concerns over the release of accumulated sediments and associated contaminants they may contain, and concerns over the general appearance of the river without the dam. Proponents of dam removal will point to the improved environment for aquatic organisms as well as overall stream ecology. Bottom line for both sides is who will pay to insure that dams are safe and that fish passage and dam removal are given ample consideration as stream restoration projects move forward. Editor: Janel Palla, Lake Michigan Research Station, 100 W. Water St., Michigan City, IN 46360; email@example.com; 219- 874-6824. Deadlines for submission of articles: fourth Friday in March; fourth Friday in July; fourth Friday in November
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