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Celebrating Habitat Month 2022: Healthy Habitat, Resilient Infrastructure

July 25, 2022

Learn more about the role of healthy habitat in building coastal resilience.

Graphic showing fish, birds, and coral in marine habitat

We are excited to kick off Habitat Month at NOAA Fisheries. All month long, we will share our incredible habitat conservation efforts through our website and social media. The theme this year is "Healthy Habitat, Resilient Infrastructure”! Learn more about the role of healthy habitat in building coastal resilience. We’ll also talk about how restoring habitat for our nation’s fisheries and protected resources also strengthens the resilience of coastal communities and ecosystems.

Efforts like restoring coastal wetlands and removing outdated dams can improve coastal resilience. They help communities recover from and adapt to the impacts of extreme weather and climate change. All month long, we will highlight a variety of different habitat conservation projects and products. Follow us here and on Twitter (@NOAAHabitat, #HabitatMonth).  Also, be sure to stay up-to-date by becoming a HabitatNews subscriber. Help spread the word about the importance of habitat conservation in making an impact for coastal ecosystems and communities.

Habitat Features

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: A Transformational Opportunity for Habitats

Historic coastal and climate resilience funding for NOAA, made possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, will improve habitat restoration, coastal resilience, and weather forecasting infrastructure.

Listen to our latest podcast with Director of the Office of Habitat Conservation Carrie Selberg Robinson

NOAA Fisheries staff in the field at a restoration project site in Louisiana
NOAA Fisheries staff in the field at a restoration project site in Louisiana. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

Innovative Partnerships Fast Track Polluted Portland Harbor Toward Restoration

Through public-private partnerships, restoration banking restores resources affected by pollution in Oregon and helps habitats recover faster.

Learn more about innovative partnerships helping to fast track restoration

Creek flows between vegetated stream banks
The Alder Creek Restoration Project, shown here several years after project construction, is a restoration banking project along Oregon’s Willamette River. Credit: NOAA.

NOAA Releases First Comprehensive Policy on Mitigation to Conserve Natural Resources

Improving conservation through effective mitigation of adverse impacts to marine, estuarine, and freshwater resources.

Learn more about the policy

Side channel and mudflat habitats on Alder Creek with trees in the background. Credit: NOAA
Side channel and mudflat habitats restored at the Alder Creek restoration project along Oregon's Willamette River. Credit: NOAA

Explore Thousands of Habitat Restoration Projects with the NOAA Restoration Atlas

Use our updated interactive mapping tool to explore thousands of NOAA restoration projects across the United States—from Alaskan salt marshes to Florida coral reefs, and everything in between.

Explore the Restoration Atlas

Veazie dam removal construction on the Penobscot River in Maine.

How Habitat Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Connected

Why reconnect with habitat? Because it’s good for all of us—healthy habitat leads to improved mental and physical well-being and can inspire us to be better stewards of the environment.

Learn how healthy habitat can improve human health

Families explore the tide pools at Yaquina Head Natural Area on the Oregon Coast. Credit: Bureau of Land Management.

What's Wild in Our Wetlands?

Swamps and marshes are two kinds of “wetlands” – areas that look like land but are sometimes so wet that fish live in many of them. In fact, many fish couldn't live without them. 

Find out what kind of fish might be in your local wetland 

Morning walk on the Dike Trail of the Mendenhall Wetlands in Juneau, Alaska.

GulfCorps Brings Ecosystem Recovery to the Gulf Coast

GulfCorps is working to mobilize community youth to create resilient coasts and communities in the five Gulf States.

Learn more about GulfCorps

GulfCorps building oyster reefs to protect eroding shorelines. Credit: Mike Dumas/TNC.

Researchers Find Massive Rare Sponge Mounds Hiding in the Deep Sea

NOAA scientists and collaborators have found rare deep-sea sponge mounds between two of California’s most explored marine protected areas, signifying how vast and mysterious our ocean truly is.

Explore Massive Rare Deep Sea Sponge Mounds

An isolated living white glass sponge on the seafloor
This living glass sponge was spotted during a 2018 cruise. This photo reveals the bright colors and textures commonly associated with the living sponge, which is usually found in small patches. Credit: NOAA Fisheries, Marine Applied Research and Exploration.

Funding Opportunities

Two Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Funding Opportunities Open Under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, One Focused on Underserved Communities

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law presents an once-in-a-generation opportunity for NOAA to continue making an impact for coastal ecosystems and communities.

Learn more about two habitat restoration and coastal resilience funding opportunities open under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

A backhoe near a stream in a marsh
Construction underway at the Fisher Slough project site. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

Two Fish Passage Funding Opportunities Open Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, One Focused on Indian Tribes

NOAA is seeking proposals for fish passage projects that will remove in-stream barriers to reopen migratory pathways and restore access to healthy habitat for fish around the country.

Learn more about two fish passage funding opportunities open under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Aerial view of construction equipment removing a dam from a stream
Removal of Holmes Dam on Town Brook in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Credit: Hawk Visuals.

More than $14 Million in Funding Recommended for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration

The funding will support eleven projects that will help to strengthen Great Lakes fisheries, ecosystems, and communities.

$14 Million in funding recommended for Great Lakes habitat restoration

A concrete seawall separates a park from the water
Recommended funding will support a larger transformative effort to reconstruct LaSalle Park into the new Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park on the Niagara River in Buffalo, New York. Credit: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

Meet NOAA's Habitat Conservation Team

Meet some of the Habitat Conservation team and learn more about their work.

Meet some of the staff on NOAA's Habitat Conservation Team

Aerial view of a river flowing into the Chesapeake Bay estuary. Credit: NOAA.

Video: Restoring the Gulf-10 Years After Deepwater Horizon

The Deepwater Horizon spill impacted the entire Gulf ecosystem as well as the communities that rely on the Gulf's natural resources. Watch this video to learn more about the restoration efforts that have taken place in the last 10 years.


Story Map: Oyster Reef Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay

Take a virtual tour to learn about how—and why—NOAA and partners are restoring oyster reef habitat in the Chesapeake Bay.

Explore the story map

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Tour 30 Restoration Projects Supporting Healthy Habitat and Stronger Communities

This interactive story map highlights 30 projects to celebrate almost 30 years of work by the NOAA Restoration Center and our partners.

Explore the story map

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Last updated by Office of Habitat Conservation on August 04, 2022