Augusta could join 122 other communities as members of the Community Fisheries Assistance Program.
Bryan Sowards with the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department was at last week’s city council meeting to discuss the potential of joining the program.
Sowards said the program has several benefits that all fall under one umbrella – they want to remove financial barriers to fishing.
If the city joins the program, it will be eligible for annual grants that could be used for the promotion of fishing at the City Lake.
In order to belong to the program, local fishing permit fees would have to be waived. The program managers also help with stocking and control of fish that are not game fish.
In lieu of local fishing permit fees, CFAP pays an annual lease fee back to the city. Those funds must be documented as being used to promote fishing locally.
Since there is no fishing allowed in the lake for the next couple of years, Augusta may be able to join CFAP and enjoy some of the benefits of the program, but the city could not qualify for annual lease payments until fishing is allowed again.
In the past, the ability to utilize the lake as a water source has created hurdles that prevented the city from joining. However, many of those barriers have been removed and the council will consider membership again at a future meeting.