Habitat‒Working for You: Habitat Month 2019

June 29, 2019

Join us for Habitat Month and see how NOAA works to support healthy habitat, which provides numerous benefits to communities and our economy.


7 months after dam removal, Third Herring Brook welcomes back the river herring.

We are excited to announce the kick off of Habitat Month at NOAA Fisheries. All month long, we will be working to communicate and promote our habitat conservation efforts through our website and social media. The theme this year is, "Habitat‒Working for You!” Healthy habitat provides numerous benefits to communities and our economy. NOAA also works in support of these habitats. 

During this year’s Habitat Month, we will unveil some new communications products and announce results from three grant competitions. Consider entering some of your habitat photos to our photo contest that runs through July 22. Help spread the word about habitat conservation! Follow us here and through Twitter (@NOAAHabitat, #HabitatMonth). Be an active participant and help spread the word about habitat conservation!

Habitat Features

River Habitat

Most Americans live within a mile of a river or a stream. We rely on rivers for drinking water, irrigation, and more. Providing a home for fish, plants, animals, and people, rivers are essential for the survival of many species—including our own.

Learn more about river habitat


Elwha River, Washington.

Enter Our 2019 NOAA Habitat Photo Contest!

Submit your winning coastal and marine habitat photos by July 22, 2019, as part of Habitat Month.

Learn more about the 2019 NOAA Habitat Photo Contest

Winning images from the 2017 and 2018 NOAA Habitat Photo Contests highlight beautiful coastal ecosystems

Winners from the 2017 and 2018 NOAA Habitat Photo Contests highlight beautiful coastal ecosystems and communities.

Successful Fish Passage Efforts Across the Nation

Fish passage is important to the protection and restoration of fish and their habitats.

Learn more about fish passage

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River herring on this restored run can now swim to an additional 269 acres of new spawning habitat in the Town Brook watershed. With the removal of the Holmes Dam, more than 200,000 river herring will eventually make their way up Town Brook in future runs, up from 140,000 recently counted. 

Reopening Rivers for Migratory Fish

Every year, millions of fish migrate to their native habitats to reproduce. They are often blocked from completing their journey. When fish can’t reach their habitat, they can’t grow their populations.

Learn more about our work to reopen rivers for migratory fish


Fish ladder at Weldon Dam.

Decades of Dam Removal Help Fish Reach their Homes in Historic Plymouth

Take a virtual walk along Town Brook in Massachusetts to see fish passage projects that have reopened the stream, giving migrating herring and eel new access to restored habitats.

Learn more about fish passage projects

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Town Brook's Billington Street dam, being removed with support from U.S. Army Reserve 368th Engineer Combat Battalion.

Town Brook Restoration Complete with Removal of Holmes Dam

On Earth Day, April 22, 2019, we will celebrate the completion of the Town Brook restoration in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Learn more about the Town Brook restoration


Town Brook runs free after Holmes Dam removal.

Russian River Habitat Focus Area

Multiple offices within NOAA join an already active community of partners working on these issues in the Russian River watershed. 

Explore the Russian River Habitat Focus Area


Russian River Habitat Focus Area.

Penobscot River, Maine Habitat Focus Area

NOAA and partners are committed to better managing the Penobscot River ecosystem and recovery of threatened and endangered fish populations.

Explore the Penobscot River Habitat Focus Area


Penobscot River.

Estuaries‒Working for You!

NOAA celebrates estuary habitat and how we work for you, from the Chesapeake Bay to the Oregon Coast.

Learn more about how estuaries and NOAA's works to protect and conserve them


Chesapeake Bay estuary.

Infographic: Habitat Conservation

NOAA works to protect and restore marine and coastal habitat to sustain fisheries, recover protected species, and maintain resilient coastal ecosystems and communities.

Check out this infographic on NOAA's habitat conservation work


Infographic on NOAA's habitat conservation work and the benefits of healthy habitat.


Habitat Videos

A River Reborn: Restoring Salmon Habitat Along the Duwamish River

The Boeing Company worked with NOAA under a Natural Resource Damage Assessment to restore habitat harmed by historical industrial activities on the Lower Duwamish River. Learn how the project will benefit the community, fish, and wildlife.

    Fish Habitat Improvement: Little Rapids Habitat Restoration

    Construction of a new bridge between Sault Ste. Marie and Sugar Island.It will allow natural flow to return for the first time in more than 50 years.