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The National Fish Habitat Action Plan is an unprecedented attempt to address an unseen crisis for fish nationwide: loss and degradation of their watery homes.

This project seeks to stop erosion, reduce sedimentation, reduce elevated water temperatures, and restore a riparian zone of the Mulberry River, a state-designated Extraordinary Resource Waterbody and nationally designated Scenic River. Restoration will take place on private property adjacent to US Forest Service (USFS) lands. This is a cooperative community project that will restore the streambank, reestablish the riparian zone 60 feet out into the floodplain, and educate citizens on water quality and river protection.
Purpose of the project: The upper Sycan River supports one of the few remaining populations for two species of lamprey, the Miller Lake lamprey, and Pit-Klamath brook lamprey and has been designated as critical habitat for bull trout. In an effort to improve aquatic habitat conditions for these species as well as the Klamath Speckled dace the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Paisley Ranger District, Lake County Umbrella Watershed Council, Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Desert Fish Habitat Partnership are working together to restore the riparian and floodplain functions along the river. Through a combination of historic grazing practices, timber harvest, and road construction throughout the years the project area has experienced a loss of riparian vegetation and an altered hydrologic regime. These changes have had a negative impact and have led to eroding streambanks which have resulted in a down cut channel, a disconnection to floodplain terraces, increased levels of fine sediment, and a lack of aquatic habitat connectivity.
Purpose of the Project:
Lake Shelbyville is the second largest reservoir in Illinois and is an important recreational and economic feature in east-central Illinois. Habitat degradation threatens the viability of the fishery and the associated recreational and economic value. Lake Shelbyville has been impounded for 46+ years. Major habitat impairments include sedimentation due to sediment inputs from the watershed and shoreline erosion largely due to frequent water level fluctuations and loss of woody structure commensurate with the reservoir aging process. Very little dead standing timber remains in coves as most have decayed over the last 40 years. Long-duration floods, on occasion in excess of 12’, have further stranded woody habitat in uplands resulting in additional habitat loss. These floods have made conditions difficult for aquatic vegetation to establish. This lack of habitat and associated erosion and reduced water quality are negatively affecting the quality of the fishery and habitat restoration efforts have not kept up with losses. Standard management practices help maintain the quality of the fishery, but the standard reduction in quality with reservoir age continues with rippling economic effects throughout the community and region.

Our Partnerships

  • Pacific Lamprey Partnership
  • Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership
  • Driftless Area Restoration Effort
  • Fishers & Farmers Partnership
  • Desert Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership
  • Western Native Trout Initiative
  • Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Partnership
  • Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
  • Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership
  • Hawaii Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Great Plains Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Ohio River Basin Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Matanuska Susitna Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership
  • Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership
  • California Fish Passage Forum

Recent News

Schriever Elected as National Fish Habitat Board Chair

(Washington, DC) – The National Fish Habitat Board held nominations for the position of Board Chair at their Fall Board meeting in Hunt, TX....

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2018 “Waters to Watch” Highlight Collaborative Conservation Projects

(Washington, DC) - The National Fish Habitat Partnership ( has unveiled its list of “Waters to Watch” for 2018, a...

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2019 Requests for Project Proposals open for several Partnerships

Several of the 20 Fish Habitat Partnerships, under the National Fish Habitat Partnership, have announced requests for project proposals for...

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