Evaluation of Planning for Fish & Wildlife. Deer Creek, Lake Reservoir, Ohio.
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Constructed as a unit of the comprehensive flood control plan for the Ohio River basin, the project was authorized under authority of the Flood Control Act of June, 1938, for the control of floods on Deer Creek and the Scioto River. Secondary purposes include fish and wildlife enhancement and general recreation. Post-impoundment assessments of fishing and hunting man-day use were considerably below the levels predicted by the FWS. Documented post-impoundment hunting man-day use, 10,218 man-days, was 61 percent lower than predicted. Hunting effort for upland game species pheasants, rabbits, and squirrels was estimated at 8,311 man-days during the 1980-1981 OCWRU survey, or some 66 percent lower than the 24,280 man-days predicted in the final November 6, 1964 FWS report. Hunting effort for waterfowl, estimated at only 345 man-days during the 1980-1981 OCWRU survey, was 83 percent lower than the 2,000 man-days predicted by the FWS. Estimated total post-impoundment hunting man-day use was twelve times greater and fishing man-day use was eleven times greater than predicted by the FWS without the project.
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