What are some ways the DNR manages aquatic habitat?

The Department of Natural Resources works with partners in efforts to protect and restore aquatic habitats. The DNR collaborates to license and manage hydropower dams, provides funding for conservation programs to protect and improve habitat, assesses damage to natural resources, assesses the effects of water withdrawal, reviews permits for activities that affect aquatic habitats, and conducts outreach to facilitate habitat conservation by the public.

Read more about how we manage habitat in the partial list of our programs below:

  • The Habitat Improvement Account provides funding for habitat conservation on the Au Sable, Manistee, and Muskegon rivers.
  • The Aquatic Habitat Grant Program provides funding to improve fish and other aquatic organism's populations by protecting intact and rehabilitating degraded aquatic habitat.
  • The Dam Management Grant Program provides funding and technical assistance to remove, repair, or maintain existing dams to enhance aquatic resources, reduce infrastructure costs, and improve public safety.
  • The Natural Rivers Program protects the natural quality of select river systems throughout the state by regulating their use and development through zoning rules.
  • The DNR collaborates in hydropower licensing and management.
  • The National Fish Habitat Partnership provides science and funding for fish habitat conservation.
  • The Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership provides funding, facilitates sharing of science, and conducts outreach to conserve inland lake fish habitats.
  • The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership promotes natural shorelines on inland lakes through the use of green landscaping technologies and bioengineered erosion control.
  • The Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program provides recognition for lakefront property owners who are protecting inland lakes through best management practices on their property.
  • The Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership promotes collaboration to advance stewardship of Michigan's inland lakes.
  • The Inland Lake Habitat Viewer provides information on Michigan's inland lakes.