Fish and other aquatic animals depend on their habitats, which are the places they live, in order to survive, grow and reproduce. These habitats serve as "nature's hatcheries" to produce fish populations across the state for you to enjoy. Fish habitats can be damaged by removal of vegetation, erosion, loss of downed timber, warming temperatures, poor water quality, changes in stream flow, and blockage of fish passage.
We work with a variety of partners in our efforts to protect and restore aquatic habitats. This includes providing grants and other funding opportunities to protect and improve habitat, assess damage to natural resources, assess effects of water withdrawal, review permits for activities that affect aquatic habitats, and provide public outreach to teach people how they can get involved in habitat conservation.
Department of Natural Resources