Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) was initiated in 2001 to address the myriad issues related to the management of aquatic resources in the southeastern United States, which includes about 26,000 miles of species-rich aquatic shoreline and over 70 major river basins. The area faces significant threats to its aquatic resources, as illustrated by the fact that 34% of North American fish species and 90% of the native mussel species designated as endangered, threatened, or of special concern are found in the Southeast.
Given these stark realities and the predicted increased pressure on Southeast aquatic resources in the future, SARP was established to protect, conserve, and restore aquatic resources (including habitats) throughout the Southeast, for the continuing benefit, use, and enjoyment of the American people. SARP envisions the southeastern United States with healthy and diverse aquatic ecosystems that support sustainable public use. A regional collaboration of Federal and state natural resource and science agencies, conservation organizations, and private interests in 14 southern states and Puerto Rico, SARP and its partners’ work extend beyond the traditional boundaries of aquatic resource management to enhance, protect and restore some of the nation’s most economically and socially significant waters and aquatic habitats.
Since its establishment, SARP has supported more than 100 successful on-the-ground habitat restoration projects and developed a variety of science-based resources and tools to assess the health of rivers and coastal habitats.
SARP’s unique regional perspective, cutting edge science and connections to decision-makers is strengthening the management of aquatic resources and ensuring the conservation of precious waters, fish, and wildlife for future generations.