To protect and improve healthy aquatic habitat in reservoir systems for the benefit of fish and wildlife and the enhancement of quality of life for people and their communities

Science and Data

The Science and Data committee is charged with the development of the scientific framework around which prioritization and funding of projects by the Executive Committee will be made, and the performance of those projects monitored and evaluated. This requires development of a system of reservoir classification, assessment, and ranking.

Currently, the committee is expanding on a qualitative methodology developed by Steve Miranda (Mississippi State University) to assess reservoir health (described in an article by Steve Miranda and Kevin Hunt, "An index of reservoir habitat impairment"). That assessment work is now underway in California, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, and North Carolina for all reservoirs in excess of 500 acres. At the same time, each of the six states is conducting a parallel quantitative assessment of reservoir health based on metrics identified by the committee in consultation with the AFS Southern Division Reservoir Committee. The anticipated outcome of this work is an assessment template that can be used by the other states in the partnership.

In addition to this work, the committee is (a) coordinating with NFHAP Science and Data and Michigan State University to enhance the NFHAP fish habitat data base for lakes and reservoirs; (b) develop a classification scheme for reservoirs; and (c) create a methodology for scoring, ranking and prioritizing reservoirs for funding.

The work of the Science and Data committee is substantial. If you would like to participate in this committee, and to join the next conference call, please contact Jeff Boxrucker.


February 2010 meeting

The Science and Data committee met in Asheville, NC February 26, 2010. The focus of the meeting was to review the status of past reservoir assessment work, as well as to discusss ideas on how to obtain and use new data sources for inclusion into the reservoir national assessment. The following documents from the meeting are available for download:




National Fish Habitat Action Plan logo

Healthy reservoir systems meet many needs:

  • Habitat for aquatic and terrestrial life

  • Fishing for 20 million freshwater anglers

  • Primary recreation areas for boating, swimming, camping, and other outdoor activities

  • Tourist destinations bringing economic benefit to nearby communities

  • Water supply for agriculture, industry, and municipal use

  • Power generation

  • Flood control

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To join in this effort, contact:

Jeff Boxrucker, Coordinator
Reservoir Fisheries Habitat
9321 E. State Highway 9
Norman, OK 73026