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Water Quality Project Examples: All Regions
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A River Reborn: Restoring Salmon Habitat Along the Duwamish River, NOAA Fisheries

Just south of Seattle, the Boeing Company has created the largest habitat restoration project on the Lower Duwamish River. Boeing worked with NOAA and their partners under a Natural Resource Damage...

Alamance Community College Innovative Stormwater Management, Piedmont Conservation Council, NC

This stormwater management project includes two major components: bioretention areas in parking lot islands and rainwater harvesting from a shop building to irrigate a greenhouse. The two...

Anacostia/West Chesapeake Project, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

This project improved water quality and habitat in heavily developed areas. Partners planted over 50 acres of urban riparian forest buffers, located sites for stream restoration projects, made...

Building a Rain Garden in the Pacific Northwest

Learn how to site, design, construct, and maintain a rain garden.

Burnsville Rain Gardens, City of Burnsville, MN

Burnsville’s Crystal Lake had experienced a marked decrease in water quality conditions, partly due to algae blooms from excess phosphorus in runoff. The City educated residents in a select...

C.W. Stanford Middle School Stormwater Project, Piedmont Conservation Council, NC

Stormwater runoff from the campus was polluting the nearby Eno River. The project includes bioretention areas to treat runoff from the bus parking lot and the school roof, a 400,000-gallon pond to...

Clean Water Beautiful Bay

One of New Jersey’s most precious natural resources is the Barnegat Bay. The Bay, which spans 42 miles along the coast, has been plagued by water pollution problems for decades, mostly caused by...

Clear Creeks Project, Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, MD

Since 2013, the Clear Creeks Project team has installed 256 rain barrels and 104 conservation gardens, removed 46,507 pounds of trash from streams, planted 2,112 trees on 17 acres, and engaged 3,385...

Coastal Restoration That Works, The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy recently completed $24.5 million dollars in critical shellfish, coral, and fish habitat restoration. These projects are demonstrating that restoration works: investing in...

Coastal Restoration Through Marsh Terraces, Ducks Unlimited

The terraces slow wind and waves, improving water clarity, slowing erosion, and promoting growth of underwater plants important to waterfowl and fisheries.

Community-Based Restoration, Save The Bay San Francisco

Save The Bay works to restore Bay habitat at significant scale, both through advancing sound science and by securing the funding necessary for these projects.

Coral Restoration Foundation, Planting Staghorn Corals

Ken Nedimyer talks the Coral Restoration Foundations coral nursery and learns how they plant staghorn corals on the reefs of Key Largo, Florida.

Florida Keys Coral Restoration Project, The Nature Conservancy

Tens of thousands of staghorn corals are grown in underwater nurseries and then planted in degraded reefs. Nearly 10,000 colonies have been established, with first-year survival rates averaging above 80%.

Grape Creek California Restoration, National Fish Habitat Partnership

A unique water conservation project, bringing together landowners, businesses, federal, and state agencies and conservation groups, to benefit North Coast Salmon.

Grasses for the Masses, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Program participants grow wild celery, an underwater grass, in their homes for 10-12 weeks. Then they gather to plant their grasses in local rivers to bolster grass populations and help restore the Bay.

Green Solutions to Stormwater Runoff, Sightline Institute

Curious about polluted stormwater runoff and how you can be part of the Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) solution?

Growing Sustainable Water Solutions Rain Gardens to the Rescue, Keep Growing Detroit

Video by Sam Wolson Photography + Media. This collaboration of Keep Growing Detroit, Sierra Club and Friends of The Rouge educates and enables residents to build rain gardens, water catchment systems...

Healing Our Waters, Great Lakes Coalition

The Coalition’s website has dozens of success stories about habitat restoration and improvements in water quality.

High-Tech Culvert Completed at Wreck Pond

A high-tech culvert, designed to make Wreck Pond healthier and help protect nearby residents from flooding, has been completed.

Hopewell Restoration Project, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

This restoration project, currently underway in Hopewell, VA, will help reduce routine flooding and improve water quality. It is adding green infrastructure that will allow rainwater to slow down and...

Living Shoreline Project, The Nature Conservancy

This approach to restore Georgia’s oyster reefs created a natural embankment using oyster shells and native plants to stabilize shoreline erosion.

Lower Cape Fear River Blueprint, North Carolina Coastal Federation

The Lower Cape Fear River Blueprint project includes collaborative planning efforts to protect, manage, and restore the natural resources of the lower Cape Fear River.

Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes

This two-part documentary takes viewers below the surface of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem, discussing the non-native species of plants, fish, invertebrates and microscopic organisms that...

Mechumps Creek Restoration, Randolph-Macon College and Town of Ashland, VA

Phase 1 of this project included restoring 1,200 feet of Mechumps Creek. However, poor water quality due to runoff from nearby parking lots kept fish from using the restored area. Phase 2 restored an...

National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation is America’s oldest and largest conservation organization. It has worked for over two decades to protect and restore the Gulf Coast. Their website has links to...

North Carolina Watershed Restoration Project

The North Carolina Coastal Federation teamed up with Swansboro to develop a watershed restoration plan for the town which lays out a framework for reducing stormwater runoff that flows into Foster,...

North River Wetlands Preserve Restoration

North River Wetland Preserve presents farmland restoration project.

Olympia Oyster Restoration

The Puget Sound Restoration Fund is working to restore 100 acres of living native oyster habitat. This includes spreading oyster shells to provide a structure for larvae to use and producing and...

Oyster Reef Restoration

400,000 pounds of recycled oyster shells being returned to Dickinson Bay. By returning shell to the Bay, Galveston Bay Foundation is creating new homes for thousands of baby oysters! Oysters help...

Red River Marsh Restoration, Cape Cod Chronicle

The town of Harwich and the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project are planning to replace culverts to revitalize a salt marsh behind Red River Beach. The Cape Cod Chronicle’s Alan...

Reef Ball Project at Tampa Bay Watch

Oyster-covered reef balls and reefs provide water quality benefits, food for foraging birds and wildlife, and are an effective means of wave attenuation. In addition, the hollow reef balls become a...

Restoration of Florida’s Coastal Dune Lakes

Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Atlanta Botanical Gardens are removing invasive species and using fire management to restore coastal dune lakes in the Florida Panhandle to improve...

Restoring Florida’s Coastal Wetlands: A Successful Project for People and Nature

The St. Johns River Water Management District and its many partners have worked to reverse the damage done to coastal wetlands by dragline ditching, which also preserves or enhances the natural and...

Restoring Riparian Buffers

Himalayan blackberry had taken over a 20,000-square-foot riverbank, turning it into a monoculture where no other plants could grow. EarthCorps removed all the blackberry, protected the slope from...

Restoring Southern California’s Coastal Wetlands, State Coastal Conservancy

Projects of the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project.

Riverside County’s Low-Impact Development Program, 2012

It does not rain much in Riverside County, but when it does, it can all fall at the same time, creating the potential for flash floods. The Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation...

RiverWise Schools, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay installed stormwater management practices, such as rain gardens, rainwater harvesting, and native plant gardens, on school properties in the Chesapeake Bay...

Sacred Waters: RainScapes and Congregations in Action

RainScapes and Congregations in Action by the Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County, Maryland

Save The Bay, Celebrating 50 Years, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

For nearly 50 years, we have fought vigilantly for healthy rivers, clean streams, and a restored Chesapeake Bay. Watch this video, courtesy of Discovery Communications, to see just how far...

Saving the Bay – Restoring San Francisco Bay: Wetlands, KQED

The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project is the second largest wetland restoration effort in the United States. The tidal marshes along San Francisco Bay provide critical habitat for migrating...

Seattleites Make Rain Gardens to Curb Stormwater Pollution, PBS NewsHour

In an effort to curb pollution from stormwater runoff, Seattle residents have begun a campaign to build 12,000 rain gardens around the Puget Sound. Katie Campbell of KCTS 9 reports.

Shallow Coral Reef Habitat

Coral reefs are underwater structures built by tiny sea animals. Hard corals, which have a stone-like skeleton, grow into reefs on the edges of tropical islands and continents. Their beautiful shapes...

Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project

Founded in 1997, the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project is a partnership of public agencies, nonprofits, and local communities that work together to restore wetlands in Southern...

Southwoods Upland Restoration Project, Spa Creek Conservancy, MD

The Southwoods community had a stormwater runoff problem, resulting in poor health in Spa Creek. The project enlisted private property owners to install stormwater best management practices,...

Stormwater, Impervious Surface, and Stream Health, U.S. Geological Survey

Urban development is associated with an increase in impervious surfaces, that is, surfaces such as rooftops, sidewalks, and streets that prevent precipitation from infiltrating into the groundwater....

Tampa Bay Watch Celebrates 25 Years of Citizen-Led Habitat Restoration and Education

Tampa Bay Watch celebrates 25 years of habitat restoration and education, and looks forward to the future.

Tree-Safe Rain Garden, a Marvel of Conservation Design, Debuts at Woodend Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist

How do you help prevent stormwater pollution – the only growing source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay – and flooding that can lead to home damage? You build a lot of rain gardens, like the...

Trees for Neighborhoods, City of Seattle, WA

Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods has helped Seattle residents plant over 8,300 trees in their yards and along the streets. The program provides help selecting the right tree for the location, free...

Trees for Tribs, Hudson River Estuary, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The program offers free native trees and shrubs for planting projects near streams in the Hudson River estuary watershed.

Washington Urban Watershed Restoration Plan

EarthCorps – Friends of the Hylebos is working to make the Hylebos Watershed the healthiest urban watershed in Puget Sound. The Friends of the Hylebos has been working with the community to protect...

Water Monitoring Team – Galveston Bay

GBF’s Water Monitoring Team is filled with people like you, citizens who care about Galveston Bay’s waters and are working to help protect them. Trained volunteers conduct monthly water quality...

Williston Creek 8.8 Acre Marsh Restoration, North Carolina Coastal Federation

The restoration project included planting 2,006 plugs of wetland plants. The goal is to restore both salt marsh and tidal creek.