What We Do
Eastern Brooke Trout l Credit: USFWS

Freshwater

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.

Strategies

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.

In the eastern United States, our conservation actions in the Chesapeake Bay, the Bronx River, Long Island and other locations emphasize restoring water quality;  our Western Water Program focuses on ensuring viable natural flows for freshwater species and productive land uses for people.

 

 Freshwater Feature Story

 


Penobscot Indian elder Butch Phillipps  describes how this project will restore 1000 miles of habitat for fish and wildlife.

 

 Freshwater Announcements

 
 

 Freshwater Due Dates

 
  • 1/18/2019
    Klamath Basin Restoration Program
    Question Submission Deadline

  • 1/19/2019
    Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund
    Full Proposal Deadline

  • 1/22/2019
    Angeles National Forest – Copper, Sayre and Ranch Fires Restoration Grant Program; Los Padres National Forest – Wildfires Restoration Grant Program; Southern California Forests and Watersheds
    ANF Applicant Open House I: Southern California Wildfires Restoration Grant Program

  • 1/23/2019
    Angeles National Forest – Copper, Sayre and Ranch Fires Restoration Grant Program; Los Padres National Forest – Wildfires Restoration Grant Program; Southern California Forests and Watersheds
    ANF Applicant Open House II: Southern California Wildfires Restoration Grant Program

  • 1/25/2019
    Angeles National Forest – Copper, Sayre and Ranch Fires Restoration Grant Program; Los Padres National Forest – Wildfires Restoration Grant Program; Southern California Forests and Watersheds
    LPNF Applicant Open House: Southern California Wildfires Restoration Grant Program

  • 1/28/2019
    Northern California Forests and Watersheds
    Applicant Webinar

  • 1/29/2019
    Southern California Forests and Watersheds; Angeles National Forest – Copper, Sayre and Ranch Fires Restoration Grant Program; Los Padres National Forest – Wildfires Restoration Grant Program
    Applicant Webinar: Southern California Wildfires Restoration Grant Program

  • 1/31/2019
    Klamath Basin Restoration Program
    Proposal Submission Deadline

  • 2/7/2019
    Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund
    Full Proposal Deadline

  • 2/11/2019
    Southern California Forests and Watersheds; Angeles National Forest – Copper, Sayre and Ranch Fires Restoration Grant Program; Los Padres National Forest – Wildfires Restoration Grant Program
    Pre-proposal Deadline: Southern California Wildfires Restoration Grant Program

 

 Featured Program

 

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The Western Water Program ensures viable water flows for wildlife and people.

Learn more.

 
 

 Target Areas