DSHS Issues Lake Livingston and Trinity River Fish Advisory

News Release
Dec. 18, 2015

The Texas Department of State Health Services today issued a fish consumption advisory for Lake Livingston and portions of the Trinity River after laboratory testing of fish samples found elevated levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs.

The Lake Livingston advisory is for seven types of fish – blue catfish, flathead catfish, freshwater drum, gar, smallmouth buffalo, striped bass and white bass. The advisory is in effect for the Trinity River Basin which includes Lake Livingston and the Trinity River from U.S. 287 downstream to U.S. 90.

Read more at Texas Department of State Health Services…

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Vote Yes on Proposition 6 on November 3rd!

The Texas Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Amendment…

 Proposition 6 is on the November 3, 2015 ballot in Texas as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment. The measure would add the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife to the Texas Constitution and designate hunting and fishing as preferred methods of controlling and managing wildlife.

The proposed amendment would add a Section 34 to Article 1 of the Texas Constitution. The following text would be added by the proposed measure’s approval:

Sec. 34.
(a) The people have the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods, subject to laws or regulations to conserve and manage wildlife and preserve the future of hunting and fishing.
(b) Hunting and fishing are preferred methods of managing and controlling wildlife.
(c) This section does not affect any provision of law relating to trespass, property rights, or eminent domain.
(d) This section does not affect the power of the legislature to authorize a municipality to regulate the discharge of a weapon in a populated area in the interest of public safety.


As of 2015, eighteen states have constitutional amendments providing for the right to hunt and fish. Vermont was the first state to constitutionalize such a right in 1777. The other sixteen states have all adopted right to hunt and fish amendments since 1996. The following is a list of states with constitutional amendments establishing the right to hunt and fish:

1777: Vermont
1996: Alabama
1998: Minnesota
2000: North Dakota
2000: Virginia
2003: Wisconsin
2004: Louisiana
2004: Montana
2006: Georgia
2008: Oklahoma
2010: Arkansas
2010: South Carolina
2010: Tennessee
2012: Idaho
2012: Kentucky
2012: Nebraska
2012: Wyoming
2014: Mississippi
California and Rhode Island have constitutional amendments guaranteeing the right to fish, but not to hunt. Florida and New Hampshire have statutes proclaiming a right to hunt and fish, but not constitutional amendments.

Voters in Texas will vote on a right to hunt and fish amendment on November 3, 2015, and voters in Indiana will vote on one in 2016.

Please join with TBBU in voting YES on Proposition 6 on November 3, 2015!

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Summer 2015 LLFoR Newsletter

WOW! The past 90 days have been a whirlwind of activity! Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs (LLFoR) added the Corrigan-Camden High School to its list of partners, for a total of six ISD’s involved in the habitat restoration project. We have one more School District, which has expressed interest in joining forces with us. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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released the grant funds to LLFoR, allowing us to complete our purchases, so students can participate in the planting of the aquatic plants. Donations have slowed, as we have not been knocking on doors asking for money (during the late Spring until the end of Summer), instead we are busy propagating, growing, installing aquatic tanks and doing LOTS of planning and negotiating with ISD’s on planting dates. The best news of all is that on Tuesday, September 15th, we had 99 students and school staff volunteers and 39 adult volunteers to plant over 2,000 plus plants into the Kickapoo Creek area of Lake Livingston. It was a great success, and we started and finished on time. It was great to see the students taking charge in the planting of the aquatic plants into the shoreline and islands. There were some problems. The barge we lined up to carry the majority of plants could not get its engine started. So, our boaters had to do double duty in ferrying students and

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plants to the sites from the Waterfront Lodge and Marina. The wind was blowing into the plant loading area, and it took longer than expected to get the plants and students loaded. Some of the boaters did not get site maps, so there was some added confusion, but the students and volunteers took it all in stride. There were some extra plants, so a sixth site was selected on the fly, and it was also planted. The Trinity River Authority (TRA) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Inland Fisheries brought four volunteers each, two air boats and two large john boats. These four boats held a large amount of aquatic plants. Thank you!

Onalaska High School hosted the event, and did a tremendous job as Hosts and planters. The FFA students were busy during the six-hour event with loading plants, planting, taking pictures and videos.  At the end of planting, they fed all students, staff and volunteers.  My thanks go out to the FFA students, Adam Graham, Jessica Graham, Georgiana Penny and Principal Anthony Roberts, Go Wildcats!

Texas Black Bass Unlimited came to our rescue and donated over 4,000 feet of orange schedule 40 PVC pipe which will be used for site planting signs. Livingston Intermediate School has agreed to install two aquatic tanks, Corrigan-Camden will take two aquatic tanks, and Livingston High School will take another two aquatic

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tanks. We currently have 22 aquatic tanks either installed, or in the process of being delivered. Joe Snow Aquatic Plants, Denton TX, showed us how to grow Water-willow in a green house. Shepherd and Livingston High Schools will start growing starter plants year around. That will be a BIG help in getting to 10,000 plants a year. We are also going to try several new planting methods and will be discussing that with TRA and TPWD.

We recently submitted a grant application to Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership for 2015. Statement of Work and some Federal forms will still be required should we be selected for the 2015 Grant.

We encourage you to visit our website www.LLFoR.org for additional information about this project.  You also can contact me, Tom McDonough, Texas Black Bass Unlimited board member and Director of Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs attlm77351@iCloud.com or Jim Meyer of the Piney Wood Lakes Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist at jameyer06@Gmail.com.

We want to thank all of you for your participation and support!

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Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs holds it’s 2nd Lake Livingston aquatic plant planting

Students from six ISD’s participated in the event!

Livingston, TX, September 15, 2015:  Six Independent School Districts and 39 volunteers participated in the project to plant American Water-willow into the shoreline and islands in the Kickapoo Creek area of Lake Livingston.  The school districts were Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated, Corrigan-Camden, Goodrich,

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Livingston, Onalaska and Shepherd High Schools.  There were 99 students and staff who participated in the project.  Advisors, Trinity River Authority (TRA) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Inland Fisheries brought two airboats and two large pontoon boats. The Onalaska Fire Department had their EMS team and rescue boat there as well.  I am happy to report the EMS team was not called upon.  Also key to the events were the 39 volunteers who helped us out with boats and onshore support.  We want to thank The Waterfront Lodge and Marina for allowing us to use their facilities.  Mayor Roy Newport of Onalaska and Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy were there helping.  The Onalaska Brookshire Brothers also helped in the cost of feeding all.  Thank you to all.

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Onalaska High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) was the host for the event, providing students for the planting, pictures, video, and cooking lunch for all the students, staff and volunteers.  Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs (LLFoR) wishes to thank Adam Graham and principal Anthony Roberts for hosting the event. 

Students traveled to the planting sites selected by TRA, TPWD and LLFoR  and planted over 2,000 plus plants at the five sites.  The students from these schools grew and propagated the plants at their respective high school aquatic tanks, which LLFoR provided.  “It was a successful outing”, according to Texas Black Bass Unlimited board member / San Jacinto Master Gardener Tom McDonough and Piney Wood Lakes Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist, Jim Meyer. Students, staff and volunteers all worked together in getting the aquatic plants planted.  The students enjoyed the opportunity to restore lost Habitat back into the lake.

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Tom McDonough said each plant should cover approximately one square foot by this time next year, and in the following years should cover up to 100 square feet.  It will take a little time to see a thriving shoreline of plants.  The plants will grow out to three or four feet of water depth and will provide excellent hiding areas for juvenile fish, small reptiles and birds.  It will also provide shoreline erosion control and water filtration to improve the Lake’s appearance and water quality.  This will lead to a more pleasurable water recreation experience, increased tourism from water enthusiasts, nature lovers, birders and the return of large Bass fishing tournaments.  All this will help the surrounding local economies.

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This is a 10-year project, which is funded by private, corporate, State and Federal funding.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently recognized this project as one of its “Ten Waters to Watch”.  In early November, this project will be high-lighted at the Fisheries Habitat Partnership annual event, in Ogden UT, with participants from all areas of the United States, as well as some International attendees.  The student participation in habitat restoration is key to all the Advisors and US Agencies.  For more information on the project, please contact Tom McDonough, (832) 236-0723 or e-mail tlm77351@iCloud.com.