Small Impoundment Management in the Southeastern United States

Mail questionnaires and telephone interviews were used to determine the importance of small impoundments and management strategies for small impoundments in the southeastern United States. Responses showed that small impoundments were highly valued by managing agencies in most states. Small impoundments open to the public were typically managed by state fish and wildlife agencies, whereas several agencies participated in the management of private small impoundments. In some states, the Cooperative Extension Service and the Natural Resource Conservation Service were more involved than fish and wildlife agencies in the management of small private impoundments. General management practices were found to be similar among the southeastern states, although specific recommendations varied geographically.

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