Rainbow shiners swimming underwater

Southeast Aquatics

Rainbow shiners | Credit: Isaac Szabo

The Southeast Aquatics Fund supports watershed-based restoration projects to improve the health of aquatic systems and secure populations of native freshwater aquatic species in the southeastern United States. Initial focal geographies include watersheds within the Alabama-Mobile-Tombigbee, and the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Basins and cattle-producing counties in Florida.


The Southeast 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 country, with many species petitioned or candidates for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Major factors impacting these species include land-use changes, habitat fragmentation, declines in water quality and availability, and invasive species introductions. 

The Southeast Aquatics Fund focal geographies were identified as priority watersheds due to their high conservation need and the viable opportunities they present for restoration and management strategies that address the key threats aquatic species face in their waters.

Priorities for the Southeast Aquatics Fund include implementing water quality and quantity best management practices through providing landowner outreach and assistance, improving connectivity, restoring riparian and in-stream habitat, and supporting assessment and prioritization activities in targeted watersheds of the Southeast. This habitat-based approach benefits a diversity of species, from game species to at-risk aquatic species, helping reduce the possibility of future listings under the ESA.

Application Information

04/13/2021 Southeast Aquatics Fund 2020 Request for Proposals - CLOSED View Now
09/29/2021 Southeast Aquatics Fund 2021 Request for Proposals - CLOSED View Now
06/11/2021 Applicant Webinar Recording View Now
06/11/2021 Webinar Slides View Now
12/03/2019 Longleaf Forests and Rivers Business Plan Download the PDF
11/30/2021 Program Fact Sheet Download the PDF
04/13/2021 2020 Grant Slate Download the PDF
04/13/2021 2019 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 2018 Grant Slate Download the PDF
04/13/2021 2017 Grant Slate Download the PDF
11/30/2021 2021 Grant Slate Download the PDF
Staff Representatives

Program Director, Southern Coastal Programs

Senior Coordinator, Southern Regional Office