​Striped Shiners | Credit: Dave Herasimtschuk (Freshwaters Illustrated) 
  • Southeast Aquatics

    ​The Southeast Aquatics program supports watershed-based restoration to improve the health of aquatic systems and secure populations of native freshwater aquatic species in the Southeast, with a particular focus on at-risk aquatic species. 

    The southeastern United States harbors a diversity of freshwater species unparalleled anywhere else in the nation. At the same time, the number of at-risk aquatic species in this region is greater than anywhere else in the U.S., rising 125 percent in the past 20 years alone. More than 380 species, the majority of them aquatic, are petitioned to be added to, or are candidates for, the Endangered Species Act (ESA), according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Major factors impacting these species include land-use pressures, habitat fragmentation, impacts to water quality and quantity, and invasive species introductions. 

    Priorities for the Southeast Aquatics program include restoring riparian and in-stream habitat; implementing water quality and quantity best management practices, including providing landowner outreach and assistance; and restoring connectivity in targeted river basins of the Southeast. By promoting a habitat-based approach, a diversity of species benefits and the risk of future listings under the ESA for at-risk species is reduced. 

    In its first year, the program will award up to $700,000 in grants in select geographies, with individual grant awards ranging between $75,000 and $250,000. Additional funding for habitat restoration projects benefitting freshwater species in the Cumberland Plateau is available through the Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund​.

    Major funding for the Southeast Aquatics program comes from the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


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  • (Updated: 12/19/2017)


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