Fisheries, Midwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America
Aquatic Habitat Conservation and Management

The loss and alteration of aquatic habitats are principal factors in the decline of native fish and other aquatic resources and the loss of biodiversity. Seventy percent of the Nation's rivers have altered flows, and 50 percent of waterways fail to meet minimum biological criteria.
Fish Passage funding contibuted to modifications on Turkey Creek in
Cass County, IA. Credit: USFWS

Aquatic Habitat Conservation and Management in the Midwest Region
The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Program's goals are to work with partners to conserve and restore habitats for fish and other aquatic resource populations by 1) identifying habitat restoration needs and acting on those needs, 2) identifying issues and threats related to hydropower re-licensing and the development of wetlands, and 3) identifying opportunities to improve the quality and quantity of aquatic habitats on Service lands (National Wildlife Refuges).

In the Midwest Region there are a number of aquatic habitat management programs that we use to conserve and manage habitat; these include the Fish Passage Program, Coastal Program, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, and the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act. These partnerships are critical to conserving habitat.