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.