Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Program

The new WaterSMART Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Program will provide cost shared funding to states, Tribes, and other entities as they study, design and construct aquatic ecosystem restoration projects that are collaboratively developed, have widespread regional benefits, and result in the improvement of the health of fisheries, wildlife, and aquatic habitat.

Eligible restoration activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Removal or Modification of Barriers to Fish Passage
  • Restoration of Connectivity
  • Restoration of Aquatic Habitat
  • Improvement of Water Availability, Quality, and Temperature.
  • Other Related Activities



Current Status

The FY23/24 Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Program funding opportunity was posted March 14, 2023. Selections for FY23 funding were announced December 19, 2023.

Applications for FY24 funding were due January 24, 2024 and are currently under review.


Have a question regarding the funding opportunity or project eligibility questions? Request a meeting through our bookings site.

News Releases

December 19, 2023
Biden-Harris Administration Announces More Than $51 Million from the President’s Investing in America Agenda to Restore and Protect Rivers and Watersheds

March 14, 2023
Biden-Harris Administration makes $30 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds available to restore and protect aquatic ecosystems

Last Updated: 3/27/24