The purpose of the Small Impoundments Committee is to foster information exchange among state, federal, university and private entities; and to promote the proper scientific management and use of public and private impoundments less than 500 acres.


  1. To review biological information, develop recommendations and conduct research that addresses current concerns in small impoundment management.
  2. To promote urban/community fishing programs, evaluate management techniques, and foster information exchange among program participants.
  3. Encourage sound, scientific based management of private small impoundments.


All of the past objectives of the committee have been met and accomplished prior to the 2004 SIC meeting. A major task at the 2005 meeting will be to develop a new list of objectives for the committee to task the next few years. At the 2004 meeting the committee did decide to have a Bass 101 style workshop for students and new professionals at a future SDAFS meeting.


  1. Small Impoundments Committee meetings shall be open meetings.
  2. The Chair may appoint anyone expressing interest in the activities of the Committee. These appointments will be considered advisory, and do not have voting privileges. Voting members are those representatives from state and federal agencies, academia, and private enterprise asked to serve by the President, SDAFS.
  3. Changes in personnel should be submitted to the Chair on a timely basis so that a current membership roster is maintained.
  4. Membership can be maintained indefinitely. However, if three (3) consecutive meetings are missed, the Chair, after consultation with the member, the Southern Division President, and the Committee, may request termination. The member may request reinstatement by written appeal to the Chair. Members must notify the Chair prior to meeting if unable to attend.


  1. A quorum will consist of a minimum of ten (10) voting members.
  2. All decisions must have a majority support.
  3. Quorums can be met through the use of designees, proxy votes, and/or absentee ballots.

Officers and Responsibilities:

  1. Chair is filled automatically by the current Chairperson-Elect.
  2. Serves a two (2) year term.
  3. Organizes meetings by working with other technical committee chairpersons and SDAFS/ExCom to determine meeting dates and locations. Traditionally a winter meeting is held in January/February in conjunction with SDAFS/ExCom. If needed, a fall meeting is held in conjunction with SDAFS annual meeting. The Chairperson develops meeting agendas and provides committee members with meeting dates, locations, and agendas in advance of meetings (approximately two (2) months notice).
  4. Conducts meetings using Robert’s Rules of Order as a guideline for doing business.
  5. Works with President to set committee membership each year.
  6. Attends Southern Division midyear and annual ExCom meetings to report on committee activities and assure compatibility between ExCom and committee goals and objectives.
  7. Provides committee news items to SDAFS newsletter editor in advance of each edition.
  1. Chairperson-Elect is elected by a majority vote of the members for a one (1) year term to run concurrent with the final year of the current Chairperson’s term.
  2. Nominees for Chairperson-Elect are chosen by a nominating/elections committee appointed by the current Chairperson.
  3. Substitutes for the Chairperson in that person’s absence.
  1. Secretary-Treasurer is elected by a majority vote of the members for a two (2) year term to run concurrent with the Chairperson’s term.
  2. Nominees for Secretary-Treasurer are chosen by a nominating/elections committee appointed by the current Chairperson.
  3. Records and produces minutes for each meeting and sends them to the Chairperson within ninety (90) days.
  4. Produces and distributes the Committee’s newsletter two (2) times per year.
  5. Keeps financial records and a checking account from which Committee-approved expenditures are disbursed.
  6. Prepares a financial statement for each meeting.