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Wildlife & Fish Habitat Project Examples: All Regions
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40+ Years of Wetland Restoration in the San Francisco Bay, Coastal Conservancy

The evolution of tidal wetland restoration approaches in SF Bay, illustrated by specific projects, such as Sonoma Baylands, the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, and Lower Walnut Creek and...

A Race Against Time Documentary

This program documents the effort to restore and monitor the Delaware Bay beaches which suffered severe erosion from Super Storm Sandy in 2012. The video was shot between March and July of 2013. This...

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...

Adopt a Tree, Miami-Dade County

The program provides homeowners with two free trees every year. More than 200,000 trees have been adopted since the program began in 2001.

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...

Barriers to Fish Migration

Learn about how fish populations struggle from barriers preventing them from reaching the upstream habitat where they breed and grow and what NOAA is doing to help.

Case Studies of Natural Shoreline Infrastructure in Coastal California

Case studies show potential of nature-based infrastructure to mitigate sea level rise. Small scale and large scale projects are included in this report.

Cedar Creek Fish Passage Restoration

A timelapse review of restoration work in a tributary of California’s Smith River.

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.

Conducting Large-Scale Wetland Restoration in Louisiana

NOAA works through the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act to restore Louisiana’s coastal habitat. Working with state and federal partners and landowners to fund and implement...

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.

Delaware Bay Beach Restoration and Intertidal Reef Construction

American Littoral Society, together with Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey are pioneering new ways to create a more resilient Delaware Bay shoreline.  85,000 cubic yards of sand and restored...

Dune Restoration to Gulf State Park, Gulf State Park Enhancement Project

The Gulf State Park Restoration Project aims to be a national model of environmental and economic resilience that we can all be proud of. As part of our ongoing recovery from the Deepwater Horizon...

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%.

Galveston Bay Foundation Restoration

By prioritizing programs that restore and protect our shorelines, remove potentially toxic substances from Galveston Bay, and reintroduce lost habitats, GBF was able to work with the community to...

Galveston Bay Oyster Restoration, Texas Parks and Wildlife

Restoration of oyster reefs damaged by Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike has begun in Galveston Bay. Tons of strategically placed river rock will serve as a foundation for oyster larvae to regenerate...

Giving Dead Reefs New Life with Fast-Growing Corals, PBS News Hour

The world’s coral reefs are in perilous danger due to overfishing, pollution, and climate change. However, a team of scuba-diving scientists has developed a groundbreaking method for speeding up...

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.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Coastal Wetland Restoration Success Stories

Great Lakes coastal wetlands exist in severely altered watersheds and landscapes that can result in degraded wetland conditions and management actions required to maintain biologically diverse...

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Project, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This EPA project controlled over 90% of Phragmites that had degraded Wisconsin’s coastal areas.

Green Valley Creek Off-Channel Winter Refugia Habitat Enhancement Project

Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District partners with Thomas Creek Ranch Homeowners Association to improve habitat for coho salmon in the Green Valley Creek.  

Green-Duwamish Cooperative Riparian Enhancement-Development of a Comprehensive Landscape

King County DNRP Noxious Weed Program manages riparian noxious weeds, including knotweed.

Habitat Restoration: An Economic Engine, NOAA Fisheries

Habitat restoration has the power to do remarkable things for the environment and the economy. Restoration creates jobs, whether it is dismantling obsolete dams or restoring rivers, wetlands, oyster...

Healing Our Waters, Great Lakes Coalition

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

High School Helps to Restore Burnet Bay in 2010

Galveston Bay Foundation teams up with high school volunteers to help restoration of an intertidal marsh.

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...

How to Build a Beach: Recovering From Hurricane Sandy

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, conservationists in the Delaware Bay region raced against the clock to restore decimated beaches in time for the arrival of nesting horseshoe crabs and the migratory...

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.

Mangrove Forest Restoration & Conservation

Since 1992, the Mangrove Action Project (MAP) has worked to educate the public about mangrove forests, to promote and engage in mangrove conservation and restoration.

Marsh Mania, Galveston Bay Foundation

The foundation and its “marsh maniacs” have been working since 1999 to restore marshes in Galveston Bay. Over the past 20 years, more than 211 acres of smooth cord grass have been planted in the bay.

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...

New Jersey’s Hidden Coast

Discover New Jersey’s Hidden Coast – the Delaware Bayshore – and hear about the real value of horseshoe crabs, the challenges to the ecosystem, and the potential for a thriving...

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...

Reconnecting Great Lakes and Big Rivers Aquatic Habitats

The project’s goal is to restore native fish and other aquatic species by reconnecting habitats that have been fragmented by artificial barriers.

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 America’s Delta

The Mississippi River Delta is sinking at an alarming rate. To make informed decisions about the actions required to fix it we need to understand how the Delta was formed, its importance for both...

Restoring Coastal Wetlands: Louisiana Delta Restoration

The Coastal Restoration Partnership between ConocoPhillips and Ducks Unlimited focuses on the restoration of Louisiana’s coastal marshes and their critical resources for waterfowl, communities,...

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 Hope, U.S. Forest Service

A collaborative effort to restore the Jackknife watershed in Idaho.

Restoring Oyster Reefs in Chesapeake Bay, Sea Grant Documentary

Originally titled “From the Bottom Up,” this features the importance of Chesapeake Bay oyster reef restoration.

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.

Restoring the Elwha

Get a closer look at the large-scale restoration efforts and science behind the largest dam removal in U.S. history, which began in 2011 on the Elwha River in Washington State and how  NOAA Fisheries...

Restoring Virginia’s Sand Dunes, National Aquariums

Since 2007 the National Aquarium has been working to restore sand dunes on the nearby naval base. Volunteers have helped plant more than 320,000 native dune grasses and shrubs to help stabilize the...

Rethink War on Dandelions and Wildflowers in Search for ‘Perfect Lawn’

EarthKeepers II and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Rock Ponds Salt Marsh Planting Project, Tampa Bay Watch

Watch the Hillsborough County community come together to restore their local salt marsh.

Salt Marsh Restoration, Tampa Bay Watch

Community volunteers and students participate in salt marsh plantings throughout the year. To date, they have restored 294 acres of wetland habitat by planting 334,204 plugs of salt marsh.

Save The Bay Eelgrass Restoration, Save the Bay Narragansett

Underwater footage of a healthy Narragansett Bay eelgrass bed.

Saving the Bay – Restoring San Francisco Bay: Hamilton Field, KQED

The Hamilton Wetlands Restoration Project moves dredge material from the Port of Oakland to the site of a former Air Force base, Hamilton Field. The dredge material is used to raise the elevation of...

Seagrass Monitoring and Restoration, Tampa Bay Watch

Seagrass in Tampa Bay had decreased from 75,000 acres to 21,500 acres. It has been slowly increasing due to bay-wide water quality improvement, reduced dredging and filling, educational programs, and...

Sears Point Wetland Restoration, Sonoma Land Trust

Sonoma Land Trust is changing the map of San Francisco Bay with its Sears Point Wetland Restoration Project, which will re-create 1,000 acres of tidal marsh.

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...

Smitherman’s Dam Removal and Little River Restoration Project, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Smitherman’s Dam Removal and Little River Restoration Project. Conservation in Action in the heart of North Carolina’s Piedmont.

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...

Springer’s Point Living Shoreline, North Carolina Coastal Federation

The project restored a portion of the shoreline at the Springer’s Point Nature Preserve. It involved building a new sill of bagged oyster shells along the eroding edge of the shoreline, maintaining...

Squaw Creek Culvert Fish Passage Improvement Project

This project replaced a perched corrugated metal pipe culvert with a bottomless arch culvert. It restored fish access to about four miles of spawning and rearing habitat.

Stony Island Habitat Restoration Project

Friends of the Detroit River (FDR) received funding from NOAA to restore Stony Island. The project provides ecological outcomes specific to removing fish and wildlife Beneficial Use Impairments...

Stopping the Loss of Forested Coastal Wetlands, North Carolina Coastal Federation

NCCF filed a notice of intent to sue under the Clean Water Act to stop the illegal ditching and conversion of 251 acres of wetlands in Pamlico County. Local farmers had raised the alarm that an...

Sunken Meadow Restoration, Save the Sound

Restoration included removing an earthen berm to restore tidal connection to marsh habitat, restoring 3.5 acres of salt marsh with native plants, retrofitting an 18-acre parking lot with green...

Tampa Bay Oyster Restoration Project

Volunteers led by the non-profit environmental group Tampa Bay Watch shoveled, bagged, and moved 14 tons of fossilized shells to Schultz Nature Preserve, restoring a home for oysters to thrive in the bay.

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.

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.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Gulf Restoration

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Gulf Restoration website provides case studies and general information about restoration in the Gulf of Mexico.

Veterans Work to Restore Salmon Habitat

Year-long program of paid training and hands-on experience includes restoration, research and monitoring to track progress of salmon restoration projects.

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...

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.

Wreck Pond Aquatic Connectivity Restoration

​This project builds upon previous restoration work to further increase the ecological and community resiliency in and around Wreck Pond, a 73-acre coastal lake located on the border of Spring Lake...