Friends of Lake Livingston Feb 2019
Rebuilding Aquatic Habitat on Lake Livingston
With 450 miles of shoreline, Texas’ second largest lake is losing natural aquatic habitat and seeing fish populations decline. Lake Livingston, once a premiere bass fishing lake in east Texas, is nearly devoid of aquatic vegetation, which greatly impacts the fishery, bird, and reptile habitat; and the water quality.
In just three years, Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs has:
Planted nearly 10,000+ American Water-willow
- Enlisted 7 school districts with 150 high school students to propagate, grow, and plant the water-willows
- Attracted a multigenerational volunteer pool of nearly 250 adults and high school students.
- Built an inventory of 10,000+ water-willows in various stages of development for future plantings
With the full support of partners Texas Black Bass Unlimited , Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Inland Fisheries, and Trinity River Authority; and community organizations like San Jacinto County Texas Master Gardeners, LLFoR has become one of the largest programs of its kind in the U.S. We’ve also been asked by our partners to apply what we’ve learned by documenting our best practices in a manual and accompanying program.
Our success in this program delivers four key benefits:
- Reestablish a thriving aquatic habitat
- Filter the water to reduce silting and increase clarity and quality
- Reduce shore erosion
- Eventually, increase tourist activity in our region
Please help us turn Lake Livingston into a vibrant and alive recreational area for fisherman and water enthusiasts, and a thriving habitat for birds, fish, and wildlife by donating to www.gofundme.com/llfor For more information on our progress, visit www.LLFoR.org or follow us on Facebook.com/ LLFoRorg.