Freshwater ecosystems are among the most threatened habitats on earth. In the U.S. they include rivers streams lakes and wetlands from the Cascade and Rocky Mountains to the Sierra Nevada the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay. Many fish and aquatic species that live here face critical challenges to their survival.
NFWF has a 25-year history of action on freshwater conservation issues. We support conservation programs aimed at protecting and sustaining major river stream and aquatic ecosystems.
NFWF focuses on several approaches to restore and maintain freshwater species and their habitats:
Passage: Eliminate barriers to fish movement
Water quality: Reduce pollution to restore clean water
Water quantity: Ensure that stream flows are maintained at healthy levels
Spring systems: Protect springs and other unique ecosystems for freshwater species
Control of invasive species: Restore the natural balance of the ecosystem.