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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

leaf EPA Community Action for a Renewed Environment. EPA’s Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program is a competitive grant program that offers an innovative way for a community to organize and take action to reduce toxic pollution in its local environment.  Through CARE, a community creates a partnership that implements solutions to reduce releases of toxic pollutants and minimize people's exposure to them.  By providing financial and technical assistance, EPA helps CARE communities get on the path to a renewed environment. This site provides a resource guide and other useful publications.

leaf EPA Green Landscaping with Native Plants. This EPA web site explains how to landscape with native wildflowers, wetland plants, and grasses to improve the environment. Although targeted for the Great Lake States, this web site would be useful for anyone interested in incorporating native plants into a landscape.

leaf EPA Ground Water and Ecosystems Restoration Research. The Ecosystem Services and Restoration research program is focused on ecosystem processes and manipulations that can be used to achieve restoration goals. Ongoing research is conducted on the evaluation and effectiveness of restoration and management activities on groundwater and surface water systems to achieve desired environmental conditions that support and maintain ecosystem services. Researchers also provide technical support to federal and state environmental regulators on issues regarding subsurface contamination, contaminant fluxes to other media (such as surface water and air), and ecosystem restoration.  This site is a good source of information regarding Riparian Zone/Stream Restoration and Wetland Restoration.

leaf EPA National Estuary Program. The National Estuary Program was established by amendments to the Clean Water Act to identify, restore, and protect nationally significant estuaries of the United States. The site lists estuaries throughout the United States involved in the program. Many of the estuaries are struggling with methods to slow wetland loss and restore wetlands on their project sites. This site provides links to national estuaries and shares wetland restoration success stories achieved by program participants.

leaf EPA Nonpoint Source Pollution Program. The Nonpoint Source Pollution Program was established under section 319 of the Clean Water Act. Under section 319, State, Territories, and Indian Tribes receive grant money which support a wide variety of activities to prevent nonpoint source pollution. Funded activities can include wetland creation and restoration and streambank restoration projects. This site would be useful for anyone seeking technical assistance and funding for restoration projects or wishing to learn more about past restoration projects.

leaf EPA Watershed Academy. EPA offers several watershed-related online training classes through the Watershed Academy. Classes on wetland function and values as well as streambank restoration are available. This site is useful to anyone wishing to take classes to learn more about wetland restoration.

leaf Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades. A task force of 11 federal agencies developed a plan to put the president's historic initiative into action. This action plan addresses five urgent focus areas, including restoring wetlands and other habitats. This site provides more information about the initiative, including funding opportunities.

leaf Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force was created through an Executive Order on October 5, 2010, and is the result of a recommendation made on long term recovery following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Task Force has developed of a restoration strategy for long term ecosystem restoration for the Gulf Coast. This site provides more information about the Task Force, including the final strategy and the science developed in support of the strategy.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

leaf NOAA Coastal Services Center. Projects undertaken by the Coastal Services Center focus on helping coastal managers integrate the physical, ecological, economic, and social components of habitat protection and management. Current projects include spatial wetland assessment, submerged aquatic vegetation development and uses, and habitat mapping. This information would be useful for anyone wishing to gain more information about coastal wetlands and the factors that are currently affecting them.

leaf NOAA Coastal Services Center Coastal Remote Sensing Program. This web site provides studies and research done in the areas of benthic mapping, coastal water quality, land cover analysis, and harmful algal blooms. This site provides useful information on assessing the relative importance of wetlands within a watershed, mapping submerged aquatic vegetation, and land cover mapping.

leaf NOAA Damage Assessment and Restoration Program. NOAA’s Damage Assessment and Restoration Program (DARP) conducts natural resource damage assessments and restoration of coastal and marine resources injured as a result of oil spills, releases of hazardous materials and ship groundings. This web site contains information on relevant legislation as well as updates on current restoration projects.

leaf NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System.The Estuarine Research Reserve System protects and studies estuarine areas through a network of 27 reserves. This web site contains information on the importance of estuaries, national programs at the research reserves, reserves in various states, and critical issues, such as polluted runoff, restoration science, invasive species, and environmental stewardship. Provides current research on estuaries as well as links to training opportunities sponsored by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

leaf NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. This office is responsible for administering the Coastal Zone Management Act and has expertise on the Nation’s coastal, estuarine, and ocean management issues. Information about current events, publications, the Coastal Zone Management Act, and major issues facing coastal managers is available through this site. This web site provides information for coastal resource managers, planners, educators, scientists, and others interested in balancing conservation and development along our nation’s coast.

leaf NOAA Restoration Center. The Restoration Center has three main objectives: to restore degraded coastal and estuarine habitats; to advance the science underlying coastal habitat restoration and developing improved technology for archiving successful restoration; and to transfer restoration technology to the private sector, the public, and governmental agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. This site provides a variety of funding and information resources to anyone involved in coastal restoration projects.


National Park Service

leaf NPS Water Resources Division. The Division’s mission is to preserve and protect National Park Service water resources and water-dependent environments. This mission is accomplished through a watershed management program based on needs at the park, cluster, region, and national levels. This web site also describes the efforts the National Park Service is taking to protect and restore wetlands on its land. This site would be useful for anyone wishing to know more about what the National Park Service is doing to protect water resources and wetlands.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

leaf USACE Environmental Laboratory. Information is available on Corps of Engineers wetland programs: Wetlands Research and Technology Center and Wetlands Regulatory Assistance Program, in addition to the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Restoration Research Program and the Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program. Current technical reports, techniques for restoring wetlands, and wetland-related training provided by the Corps of Engineers are also available. This site provides current technical information and training for individuals seeking specific technical wetlands information.

leaf USACE Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts research on restoration and enhancement of aquatic habitats, restoration and management of stream and riparian ecosystems, and other restoration-related topics. Descriptions of the research are available on this site. This site would be useful for gaining information on technical restoration-related topics and includes a several GIS tools.


U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service

leaf USDA NRCS Backyard Conservation. This campaign is a project of the National Association of Conservation Districts, the Wildlife Habitat Council, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. It shows homeowners how the conservation practices used on agricultural land across the country to conserve and improve natural resources can be adapted for use on the land around a home. The web site provides tips sheets on how to create a backyard pond or wetland, composting, mulching, nutrient management, pest management, terracing, tree planting, water conservation, and wildlife habitat.

leaf USDA NRCS Conservation Reserve Program. Under this program, a farmer agrees to set aside land for conservation purposes for between 10 and 15 years, and in return receives annual rental payments based on the agriculture rental value of the land, and cost-share assistance for up to 50 percent of the participant’s costs in establishing approved conservation practices. This site provides information on how technical and cost share assistance can be obtained for restoration projects.

leaf USDA NRCS Stream Restoration. This website provides technical resources regarding stream restoration, including links to several handbooks.

leaf USDA NRCS Wetlands Reserve Program. The Natural Resources Conservation Service administers the Wetlands Reserve Program, a voluntary program to restore and protect wetlands on private property. This web site provides fact sheets, questions and answers, success stories, and contact information for the program. This site provides information on how to get involved in the Wetlands Reserve Program and offers a wide variety of other wetland-related resources.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

leaf USFWS National Wetlands Inventory Center. This site contains information on naturally occurring plants in North American wetlands. Many software programs are available for download, including Instream Flow Incremental Methodology, Habitat Evaluation Procedures, and Habitat Suitability Index Models. The site would be useful for any person seeking technical information and statistics regarding wetlands and their reconstruction.

leaf USFWS North American Wetlands Conservation Act. This Act encourages partnerships to conserve North American wetland ecosystems for waterfowl, other migratory birds, fish, and wildlife. This site provides information on the grant program established to fund conservation programs. It contains information on approved projects as well as information obtaining grant funds. This site is a good resource for wetland restoration grant funding opportunities.


U.S. Geologic Survey

leaf USGS Gulf of Mexico Integrated Science. The USGS Biological Research Division, Water Resources Division, National Mapping Division, and National Wetlands Research Center will partner with other state and federal agencies and universities to develop an integrated science strategy for assessing and monitoring Gulf of Mexico estuaries. This site will be useful for individuals seeking technical water quality monitoring procedures.

leaf USGS Midwestern Wetland Flora: Guide to Plant Species. This list features 300 midwestern wetland plants organized by plant type. Categories include ferns, grasses, sedges, trees, monocots, and dicots. A color picture and descriptive information are available for each plant featured. This list would be useful in selecting native wetland plants for any planting project.

leaf USGS National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA). NAWQA has been collecting and analyzing data and information since 1991. USGS scientists have collected data in more than 50 major river basins and aquifers across the nation. The goal is to develop long-term consistent and comparable information on streams, ground water, and aquatic ecosystems to support sound management and policy decisions. Data, publications, summary reports, and maps are available from the web site. This site would be useful for anyone seeking hard scientific data on the water quality of a specific waterway.

leaf USGS National Wetlands Research Center. The mission of the National Wetlands Research Center is to develop and disseminate scientific information needed for understanding the ecology and values of our nation’s wetlands and for managing and restoring wetland habitats and associated plant and animal communities. This site provides a number of wetland-related resources, including media resources, education and training materials, and publications.

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