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Freshwater Snail Biodiversity and Conservation

The number of North American freshwater gastropods (one or no-shell mollusks) is the richest in the world, rivaled only by river systems in Southeast Asia.  Freshwater snails are an important food source for many fish, turtles, and other species of wildlife, and are excellent water-quality indicators because of their sensitivity to certain chemicals.  Unfortunately, like many other river species, freshwater snails are threatened.  Their rate of imperilment exceeds every other major animal group in North America.  Conservation and recovery efforts for freshwater snails artificial culture, water pollution control, and most importantly, habitat protection and restoration.

Impacts of Climate Change on the Southeast

Presentation given at the Southeast Watershed Forum's conference, Building Sustainable Communities for the 21st Century, held August 12-14, 2008 in Charleston, SC. 

Impacts of Climate Change on the Southeast - Steven McNulty, US Forest Service Southern Global Change Program
Part 1 / Part 2

Mollusks in Alabama
Alabama ranks first, or second only to Tennessee, in the diversity and number of its mollusk species. In fact, some species are endemic to (only found in) Alabama, or Alabama and a bordering state. Some of this diversity can be attributed to the variety of ecosystems found in Alabama's beautiful land formations, river systems and coastline. Another factor contributing to this diversity may be the fact that during the ice age, glaciers did not cover Alabama killing the mollusks.

Montgomery County, MD Special Protection Areas for Streams
The streams in Montgomery County, including those found in parkland, on private property, or elsewhere in the neighborhood, are an important part of the natural resources of the county. A healthy stream provides recreational, natural, and aesthetic benefits. Over 1500 miles of streams in Montgomery County provide habitat to our rich and diverse aquatic life and water-dependent wild life. A healthy stream contributes to good drinking water and helps protect the Chesapeake Bay.

Overview of Authorities for Natural Resource Managers Developing Aquatic Invasive Species Rapid Response and Management Plans
The Office of Water has released a publication entitled Overview of Authorities for Natural Resource Managers Developing Aquatic Invasive Species Rapid Response and Management Plans. This publication provides an overview of EPA authorities that may apply to aquatic invasive species rapid response or control actions. This is a tool designed for natural resource managers developing aquatic invasive species rapid response and management plans.  The document can be accessed online at  To obtain a free copy of this document call the Water Resource Center at
202-566-1729 and ask for document number EPA842-B-05-002.


Partnership for Land and Water Protection

The Partnership for Land and Water Protection - a mapping project between the Southeast Watershed Forum and the Land Trust Alliance to encourage greater regional cooperation and coordination among land trusts, watershed groups, state agency staff for aquatic habitat protection.  To date, the partnership has mapped protected lands over eith southeastern states and cataloged more than 227,620 acres of land and 726 miles of streams.  Click here for a flyer (pdf) about the project.

Report Released: Impact of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma on Commercial and Recreational Fishery Habitat
The report, “Impacts of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma on Commercial and Recreational Fishery Habitat”, mandated by the U.S. Congress under Section 213(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act, discusses the impacts of the 2005 hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma on commercial and recreational fishery habitat, including that of shrimp and oysters, for the States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Where possible the report describes pre- and post-hurricane habitat conditions. However, much of the information in this report comes only from post-hurricane sampling and some is only qualitative or anecdotal.

Southeast Aquatic Habitat Plan

This publication describes a long-term, regional plan to restore and conserve aquatic habitats in the 14 states of the southeastern U.S. It is a task requiring cooperative action among every segment of the population from governments to individuals, from anglers and marina operators to home builders and city planners. The plan emphasizes utilizing science-based data, setting strategic priorities, working at multiple scales from reservoir to watershed, and sharing the load through partnerships. It calls for coordinated effort so that scattered and small results can be expanded and connected into a large and successful conservation effort on some of the greatest natural resources in the country. Community awareness, participation, and monitoring will be needed.

Southeast Fishes Council: Desperate Dozen

Experts from the Southeastern Fishes Council have identified twelve southeastern fish species, the Desperate Dozen, that are disappearing the most rapidly from their home ranges. Some species like the Alabama sturgeon could vanish forever within a few years. These results will be presented at the SFC meeting November 13th-14th in Chattanooga so that scientists and resource managers can discuss how best to preserve them. Click here to read the report.


Teaming With Wildlife State Coalitions

The Teaming with Wildlife Coalition is organized on the state level, where state wildlife agencies and leading conservation groups are building a diverse movement of organizations and businesses that support the goal of restoring and conserving our nation's wildlife.  Look up all of the state coalition websites in the Southeast.   

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