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  • The The Adopt-a-Stream Foundation The Adopt-A-Stream was created in 1981 to increase public awareness of the importance of the 3,000 miles of creeks, streams, and rivers in Snohomish County, Washington and to restore to health those waterways damaged by people or nature. This organization provides environmental education workshops and stream restoration expertise.
  • American Rivers Library: American Rivers is a conservation organization focused on protecting and restoring America's rivers for the benefit of people, wildlife, and nature. Their online library contains a variety of publications and reports, several of which focus specifically on restoring rivers. This site provides access to a wide range of river restoration materials.
  • The Association of State Wetland Managers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of America's wetlands. Its goal is to help public and private wetland decision-makers use scientific information and techniques in wetland delineation, assessment, mapping, planning, regulation, acquisition, restoration, and other management projects. This site provides a wide variety of up-to-date wetland news, as well as conference information and a registry of wetland professionals.
  • The Center for Watershed Protection (CWP) works with local, state, and federal governmental agencies, environmental consulting firms, watershed organizations, and the public to provide objective and scientifically sound information on effective techniques to restore watersheds. The site has recently been revised and now includes information on publications and technical assistance available through CWP as well as a calendar of watershed protection events. This site provides hands-on technical assistance and information helpful to local governments, watershed groups, or anyone involved in watershed protection efforts.
  • Coastal America is a nonprofit partnership dedicated to protecting, preserving and restoring America's coastal heritage. It works with public, private and government agencies to perform coastal and wetland restoration efforts throughout the United States. Information is available on community-based, corporate, and military conservation partnerships, including project descriptions, funding sources, and contact information. This site provides specific information on projects funded by Coastal America grant programs.
  • Coastal America's Regional Conservation Projects — Gulf of Mexico Region briefly describes past, current and proposed restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico region. The restoration projects include those working to reverse habitat degradation, coastal and shoreline erosion, pollution related to toxic substances and pesticides, nutrient enrichment, alterations to water flow, and declining living aquatic resources. This site would be useful for anyone interested in ongoing restoration work in the Gulf of Mexico region.
  • Congressional Quarterly is publishing company providing objective analysis of environmental, energy, and natural resources issues before the U.S. Congress. The subscription web site provides a searchable on-line database that will help you find out about current legislation affecting all aspects of the environment, including wetlands and river corridor restoration. This site would be useful for anyone who wishes to learn about and follow wetlands and river corridor legislation in Congress.
  • Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) Wetlands Information Network: Know Your Watershed is a campaign coordinated by CTIC, a nonprofit public/private partnership dedicated to the advancement of environmentally beneficial and economically viable natural resource systems. This site provides a wide variety of general background information on wetlands, including the benefits and uses of wetlands, different types of wetlands, reasons to restore wetlands, and methods for restoring wetlands.
  • The Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET) is a joint partnership between the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and the University of New Hampshire and is located on the UNH campus in Durham, New Hamphsire. CICEET uses the resources of the University and National Estuarine Research Reserve System to develop and apply new environmental technologies and techniques. This site provides reports and updates on new and cutting-edge environmental technologies that could be beneficial to restoration efforts.
  • Environmental Concern (EC) is a not-for-profit, non-advocacy organization founded in 1972 to promote public understanding and stewardship of wetlands through experiential learning, native species horticulture, and restoration and creation initiatives. With over thirty years of experience, and home to the nation's first wetland plant nursery, EC has pioneered much of the technical tools and knowledge needed to construct and restore disappearing wetland habitats. The education department, born with the goal of promoting greater wetland education and community involvement, trains educators in the background, skills and materials needed to provide a hands-on leaning experience for their students. Environmental Concern's nationally recognized educational materials including WOW! Wonders of Wetlands, its companion POW! Planning of Wetlands as well as the many custom courses and training offered are designed to increase the understanding of, appreciation for and stewardship of valuable wetland ecosystems.
  • The Gulf of Mexico Program, formed in 1988, develops and implements voluntary, incentive-based management strategies to protect, restore, and maintain the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. The Gulf of Mexico Program works with 18 federal agencies; environmental agencies from the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas; and numerous public and private organizations. This web site would be useful to anyone seeking the resources to begin a restoration project in a Gulf of Mexico state.
  • The Institute for Wetland and Environmental Education and Research has trained environmental professionals since 1993. The courses focus on developing and improving skills needed to excel in the environmental field. The website also provides an overview of basic wetland information and answers frequently asked questions. Course topics include plant identification, wetland regulations, wetland delineation, and wetland construction. This site would be useful to environmental professionals seeking additional wetland training.
  • The Low Impact Development Center seeks to develop and provide information to individuals and organizations dedicated to low-impact development. Low-impact development protects water resources through land planning and design to limit the impacts of urban growth on our nation's waterways. This site would be useful to individuals and communities wishing to improve water quality by minimizing the impact of urban development on the nation's waterways.
  • National Association of Counties(NACo) has been working for close to 70 years to help local governments express their concerns to the federal government in Washington, DC. NACo has an environmental program that provides counties with resources to complete wetland restoration projects. This web site is useful for anyone looking for technical assistance, funding, or information about wetland restoration.
  • National Geographic Geography Action! is a program sponsored by National Geographic that is designed to educate and excite people about natural, cultural, and historic treasures. Geography Action! Rivers 2001 provides young people with a variety of hands-on conservation activities ranging from writing poetry to stenciling storm drains–all designed to help protect and restore river habitats. The web site also provides a list of river organizations that partnered with National Geographic to create the Rivers 2001 program. This site would be useful for educators wishing to incorporate river awareness into their curriculum.
  • National Wildlife Week The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is honoring National Wildlife Week on June 16-23, 2001. This year's theme is "Explore Nature in your Neighborhood." Celebrating National Wildlife Week since 1938, the NWF educates, inspires, and enlightens the public about wildlife conservation issues and encourages them to become environmental stewards. National Wildlife Week is an effort to preserve wildlife and their habitats by targeting students, families, and adults through fun and informative hands-on activities. This web site provides detailed information about National Wildlife Week events and educational opportunities.
  • NatureServe is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing knowledge to protect our natural world. Working in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and a network of scientific experts, NatureServe helps protect the environment by improving public understanding of biodiversity and by developing essential information about rare and endangered plants and animals and threatened ecosystems. This site would be useful for anyone looking for information on conservation, biodiversity, or rare and endangered species.
  • NatureServe: Natural Heritage Programs in the United States Natural Heritage Societies seek to inventory, protect, and enhance nongame wildlife, native plants, and significant natural communities in the United States. This page provides links to societies in each of the 50 states. Chapters process data requests on native plant and animal species in a variety of ecosystems. This site would be helpful for people seeking information on native plant species in their area for restoration projects.
  • Ramsar: The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, established by an international treaty in 1971, works toward the conservation and wise use of wetlands by national action and international cooperation. This site offers links to wetland related announcements, announces dates and activities for world wetlands day and upcoming Ramsar meetings. This site would be useful for anyone interested in what is being done on an international level to protect wetlands.
  • Ramsar's STRP Expert Working Group on Wetland Restoration was created by the Expert Working Group on Wetland Restoration of the Convention's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP). This site provides basic information about wetland restoration, examples of approaches to restoration drawn from projects around the world, a link to a Web-based searchable wetland restoration bibliography, and other information that might be valuable to anyone interested in wetland restoration.
  • River Network helps people monitor, protect, and restore rivers and watersheds. The River Network supports grassroots river and watershed conservation groups by providing directories of river groups and funding sources, a resource library, and a calendar of events. This site is useful for people seeking to get involved in restoration projects.
  • Rivers Network Resource Library provides a searchable resource library. Searches can be performed by keyword or category. Information is available on fundraising, river issues, networking, publications, river conservation approaches, and quotes and video clips. This site provides access to a wide range of river restoration materials.
  • Section 319 National Monitoring Program provides monitoring data from section 319 nonpoint source pollution projects. Many of the projects have installed riparian buffers or created wetlands to reduce NPS pollutant runoff. This site would be useful for anyone looking for numerical evidence of the benefits of wetland restoration and riparian buffers.
  • The Society of Wetland Scientists provides information on conferences, research, wetlands restoration training, and student grants, as well as conference abstracts and the Wetlands Journal, published by the Society for Wetlands Scientists. This site contains a wide variety of information useful for individuals who work professionally with wetland-related science.
  • The Society of Wetland Scientists Journal Page has a collection of articles that can be searched by keyword. This site contains a large number of articles on a wide variety of wetlands restoration topics. This site would be useful for wetland scientists and others looking for technical information on specific restoration topics.
  • The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution was designed to provide a neutral place where public and private interests can come together to reach common ground, and has handled disputes involving organizations working toward watershed management and wetlands protection. The Institute provides consensus based assistance and training that would be useful to any groups affected by proposed federal policies.
  • The Wetlands Regulation Center is presented by Environmental Technical Services Co. as a service to all persons interested in the laws, policies, and regulations concerning activities regulated under Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act in waters of the United States, including wetlands. This site would be useful for anyone looking for current national wetland regulations.
  • Wetland Training Institute (WTI) provides training in wetland delineation, soils and hydrology, wetland construction and restoration, nationwide permits, plant identification, mitigation banking concepts, and other riparian resource conservation issues. This web site would be useful for anyone looking technical wetland training.
  • The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) is a nonprofit group of corporations, conservation organizations, and individuals dedicated to protecting and enhancing wildlife habitat. Created in 1988, WHC helps large landowners, particularly corporations, manage their unused lands in an ecologically sensitive manner for the benefit of wildlife. This site provides opportunities for corporations to use their land in an ecologically sensitive manner, as well as opportunities for interested people to become involved in wildlife monitoring, remediation, and waterway projects.

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