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

    In 2018, the Southeast Aquatics Fund will award approximately $800,000 in grants to projects within the Conasauga, Locust Fork and Middle Coosa watersheds of the Alabama-Mobile-Tombigbee Basin as well as the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Basin. Individual grants will range from $75,000 and $250,000. 

    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.

    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, rising 125 percent in the past 20 years alone. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 280 species in the Southeast Region, the majority of them aquatic, are petitioned to be added to or are candidates for 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. 

    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 risk of future listings under the ESA. 

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


 Application Information

  • (Updated: 6/25/2018)


 Program Information

  • (Updated: 12/19/2017)


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