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U.S. Forest Service
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United States Department of Agriculture

WATER, FISH & YOU

Water, fish and you: quick facts. Clean healthy waters are a natural draw for people; promoting human health and well-being. Fishing, a gateway outdoor recreation activity, introduces many Americans to the outdoors and their public lands. The Forest Service oversees incredible habitat for public consumption on 220,000 miles of fishable steams and rivers and over 10 million acres of fishable lakes and reservoirs. Recreational fishing on the National Forests and Grasslands supports more than $2.2 billion of econoic activity each year nationwide. Recreational fishing on the National Forests and Grasslands supports more than $2.2 billion of economic activity each year nationwide. The Forest Service has some of the highest quality waters and aquatic habitat in America; including both 80 percent of freshwater mussels and clams and 60 percent of the fish listed under the Endangered Species Act. The Forest Service delivers drinking water for 20 percent of all Americans. Connect with us; Fish Program Leader: Dan Shively daniel.shively@usda.gov. Fish Assistant Program Leader: Nat Gillespie nathaniel.gillespie@usda.gov