Fabius River

Fabius River Watershed Inventory and Assessment


Randall L. Haydon and Robert A. Hrabik conducted the most recent inventory of fishes in the Fabius River watershed. Mr. Haydon summarized much of the information presented in this report. Deborah Briedwell and Matthew P. Matheney developed our maps. We thank Richard W. Wehnes, William W. Turner, and Brian L. Todd for initiating and facilitating the systematic inventory and assessment of Missouri's stream fisheries on a watershed scale. Brian L. Todd and Stanley M. Michaelson provided especially helpful reviews of the manuscript. Finally, we thank Dr. Michael J. Roell for sharing the enlightened ideas that form the basis of our recommended approach to watershed conservation.


The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is responsible for managing the forests, fish, and wildlife of the State of Missouri. The water, fish, and other animals inhabiting our streams are a public resource, but the quality of stream fishing and overall stream health is almost entirely dependent upon land management decisions made by private citizens who own more than 97% of the State, including the corridors and beds of our streams.

Since the mid 1980s, MDC biologists have provided on-site stream habitat evaluation and planning services to landowners, usually in response to geographically random streambank erosion problems. Local attempts at spot-treatment, while instructive, have done little to address the watershed-wide problems that affect our streams. Clearly, any substantial progress toward improving our stream fisheries will occur only if a significant number of people from all walks of life acquire an understanding of the physical, chemical and biological character of these resources and their values to society. Only from such a common understanding may there arise a shared vision and science-based plan for watershed conservation that incorporates the perspectives and reflects the needs of all potential beneficiaries.

The main objectives of this report are: summarize the widely scattered physical, chemical, and biological information most relevant to the stream fishery of the Fabius River watershed; and identify opportunities for conserving (wisely managing) Fabius River basin streams on a watershed scale.

In addition to providing guidance for MDC operations, we hope this document will facilitate citizen-led initiatives to manage the watershed in a way that will benefit our fisheries, our rural economy in general, and future generations who will inherit our legacy.

David J. Neuswanger, Fisheries Regional Supervisor, April, 1999

This information is based on the

Fabius River Watershed Inventory and Assessment written by H. Ross Dames and David J. Neuswanger, Missouri Department of Conservation.

For additional information contact:

Fisheries Regional Supervisor, Missouri Department of Conservation

2500 South Halliburton Kirksville, MO 63501

Please cite:

Dames, H. R., and D. J. Neuswanger. 1999. Stream Fishery Resources in the Fabius River Watershed of Northeastern Missouri: Assessment of Status and Conservation Opportunities. Missouri Department of Conservation.


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Geology and Geomorphology

Geology and geomorphology of the Fabius River watershed

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Land Use

Land use for the Fabius River watershed

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Hydrology of the Fabius River watershed

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Water Quality

Water quality of the Fabius River watershed

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Habitat Conditions

Habitat conditions in the Fabius River watershed

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Management Problems and Opportunities

Management problems and opportunities in the Fabius River watershed

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Literature Cited

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List of Tables

Data tables for the Fabius River watershed

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