Aquatic Reserves Program
As steward of 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands, DNR is establishing aquatic reserves throughout the state to protect important native ecosystems. It is an effort to promote the preservation, restoration, and enhancement of state-owned aquatic lands that are of special educational, scientific, or environmental interest. Managing aquatic reserves does not affect private or other adjacent land ownerships.
Aquatic Reserves Program PosterEstablishing a New State aquatic reserve
Aquatic Reserves can be located on state-owned aquatic lands throughout the state. Each reserve must address environmental, scientific, and/or educational needs. Establishing a new aquatic reserve is a lengthy process that allows for scientific scrutiny and extensive public input. Before a site can be designated it is evaluated, and management plan developed with input and involvement of stakeholders; citizens; and public agencies.
Proposed Lake Kapowsin Aquatic Reserve
Lake Kapowsin: Species
Lake Kapowsin: Habitat
Lake Kapowsin Meeting Summary - October 2, 2014
Lake Kapowsin Open House Meeting - December 2, 2014
Federal Civil Rights
DNR's Aquatic Reserves Program has developed materials to help guide this process:
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, DNR does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. However, should a person wish to file a discrimination complaint, please write to:
Office of Civil Rights
Room 326-W, Whitten Building
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington D.C. 20250-9410
or call 202.720.5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.