Ways to Get Involved

The National Fish Habitat Partnership program takes a voluntary, non-regulatory approach to address the nation’s fish habitat conservation challenges. Funding is leveraged to maximize results. Under the National Fish Habitat Partnership, federal, state, tribal, and privately raised funds are leveraged to address the nation’s biggest fish habitat challenges. In 2019, limited federal funding from the Service was leveraged by more than 3 to 1 with funds from other partners.

Conservation gains grow the economy and protect against climate change climate change
Climate change includes both global warming driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Though there have been previous periods of climatic change, since the mid-20th century humans have had an unprecedented impact on Earth's climate system and caused change on a global scale.

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The network of Fish Habitat Partnerships drive local job creation through direct funding investments and build more resilient infrastructure that can better withstand climate change. Often, the same barriers that hurt fish, like undersized culverts in road crossings, can also harm communities. Undersized culverts can block fish passage and prevent them from being able to move freely to find food, shelter, and reproduce. They can also cause water to back up behind the crossing during storms, often leading to culvert failure and severe road damage.

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How do I apply for funding?

All project proposals must be submitted through a Fish Habitat Partnership. Please visit Fish Habitat Partnership webpages to determine how your project may align with the goals and objectives of a particular Fish Habitat Partnership. Most Fish Habitat Partnerships solicit project proposals via an annual Request for Proposals.

How are projects selected for funding?

Project selection is locally driven. The Service distributes limited federal funding to Fish Habitat Partnerships for operations and through a competitive, results-driven process for fish habitat conservation projects. Fish Habitat Partnerships then use the funding they are allocated on fish habitat conservation projects they have identified and prioritized.