Wetlands Strategies and State Programs Branch
The Wetlands Strategies and State Programs Branch (WSSPB) promotes wetland protection, restoration, and creation by providing financial, technical, and educational assistance to states, tribes, local governments, and other entities with programs and activities that address wetlands. The Branch administers Wetland Program Development Grants, which are given out to states, tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations and universities to build and refine wetland programs. The Branch also provides targeted technical assistance through the Enhancing State and Tribal Wetland Program Initiative to help states and tribes more effectively build, refine, and implement their wetland programs.
WSSPB is leading the National Wetland Condition Assessment (NWCA), a probability-based survey of the ecological condition of the nation's wetlands. Field work for the first NWCA occurs in 2011 with a report to be issued in 2013. Subsequent surveys are planned on 5-year intervals to track trends in wetland condition.
WSSPB oversees the Five-Star Restoration Grant Program, which provides challenge grants and technical support to enable community-based restoration and education projects. The branch also oversees state assumption of the Clean Water Act 404 program, helps states and tribes diversify their program funding sources, and sponsors outreach and education including annual events during May, which is American Wetlands Month