Our Work With Great Waters Restoration

Mississippi River

Across the country, people are working to heal entire ecosystems by rectifying damage caused by development pressures, poor management, and emerging threats like global warming.

  • In the Mississippi River Delta leaders work to rebuild wetlands destroyed by altering the flow of the Mississippi River.
  • In the Great Lakes they hope to clean up the toxic legacy left behind from the past century. Ecosystem restoration results in self-sustaining, healthy habitats for use by people and wildlife.

However, restoration leaders face many challenges:

  • How to address the impacts from climate change.
  • A chronic lack of funding for restoration efforts.
  • Complicated processes that must be navigated to move restoration forward.

Recognizing that restoration leaders nationwide share many of the same challenges, NWF has worked for the past several years to create a forum where restoration advocates can share their ideas and work toward smarter, better restoration policies.

Great Waters Restoration Coalition

NWF helped found and build the America's Great Waters Restoration Coalition to help restoration advocates unify their voice at the national level.

NWF took a major step toward realizing this vision in June 2009 with the Great Waters Summit, which brought together over 100 leaders including scientists, federal and state agency officials, non-governmental organizations, and business leaders from across the country.

The goals of the America's Great Waters Coalition are to:

  • Make the restoration of our great waters a national priority
  • Secure sustainable dedicated funding for restoration
  • Enact and ensure sound implementation of restoration projects

America's Great Waters

Our nation's aquatic ecosystems sustain our existence. America's waters provide us with drinking water, recreational opportunities and a conduit for transportation, while simultaneously hosting diverse fish and wildlife communities. Quite simply, uncontaminated waters make life as we know it possible. Due to our dependence on and constant use of our water resources restoring these important ecosystems is both challenging and crucial.

NWF is focusing our work on the following regions: