Since 1983, the FishAmerica Foundation has awarded $12.1 million to 1,007 projects in all fifty states and Canada to enhance fish populations, restore fishery habitats, improve water quality and advance fishery research to improve sportfishing opportunities and help ensure recreational fishing’s future.

The FishAmerica Foundation has had tremendous success in leveraging a myriad of funding sources to support nationwide fisheries conservation and habitat restoration projects, especially grant dollars.

With each dollar being leveraged nearly nine times, the foundation demonstrates its important role in working with community-based conservation organizations, along with state and federal biologists, to help improve recreational fishing and boating opportunities.

Additionally, the FishAmerica Foundation involves and educates community volunteers on the conservation and recreational benefits for each project awarded funding. Over the years, the foundation, along with its federal, regional, state and community partners, have made great strides in both small and large, urban and rural communities to improve habitat for fisheries conservation, creating more recreational fishing opportunities along the way.

For grants information or if you are interested in partnering with us, please contact us at or by phone at (703) 519-9691.


Tainter Creek/Ernest Rayner Stream (PDF)

Riverfront Park Wetland and Riparian Restoration Project

Maynard Nearshore Restoration Implementation

Restoring the Little Lehigh Watershed through Dam Removal

Lassiter Mill Dam Removal Project

Cattle Exclusionary Fencing on Lower Salsipuedes Creek

Edgewater Park Community Restoration


Projects Funded with Support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Hughesville Dam Removal (NJ)

Start Date: 04/15/13

End Date: 06/30/14

The Musconetcong Watershed Association received a $57,500 grant to improve fish passage in the Musconetcong River, upstream of the Delaware River. The dam removal restored fish passage which provides protection in transition zones that is home to spawning habitat and rearing habitat for anadromous species

Mattole Flow Program: Water Storage and Forbearance Project (CA)

Start Date: 02/28/12

End Date:  05/31/13

The program, Sanctuary Forest, received $75,000 to complete phase 1 of the water storage and forbearance project. Phase 1 included design and permitting for a 50,000 gallon water storage tank system and associated landowner forbearance agreement at the Whitethorn School located in Northern Coastal California. The projects development phase included project planning as well as design and permitting for the water tank and associated water piping systems.

Dam Removal in Little Lehigh Watershed (PA)

Start Date: 03/12/13

End Date: 12/31/13

The Wildlands Conservancy received a $72,500 grant to improve passage in the Little Lehigh Creek by removing three dams and restoring aquatic and floodplain habitat. The dams’ removal will restore migratory fish passage from the Delaware River into the Little Lehigh basin for Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout and American Shad.

Tokay Canal Dam Removal (OR)

Start Date: 03/04/13

End Date:   12/31/13

The Stream Restoration Alliance of the Middle Rogue received a $64,000 grant to improve fish passage in Jones Creek by removing the Tokay Canal Dam approximately 1.3 miles upstream. The project will restore access to 3.3 miles of spawning and rearing habitat for steelhead trout as well as Coho salmon.

Projects Funded with Support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Bayou Pierre Restoration Project (MS)

Start Date: 01/23/14

End Date: 12/31/15

The Mississippi Fish and Wildlife Foundation received $20,000 to improve water quality within the Bayou Pierre River and its tributaries. This project’s goal will be accomplished through the installation of water control structures and various conservation practices aimed at reducing erosion and sedimentation on private lands adjacent to the Bayou Pierre River and its tributaries.

Copper Creek In-Stream and Riparian Habitat Restoration Project (VA)

Start Date: 08/11/10

End Date: 09/30/14

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in partnership with the FishAmerica Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, are supporting a $308,883 multi-year riparian restoration project in Russell County. The Service choose Copper Creek as the first priority watershed because it houses one of the last remaining populations of purple bean (Villosa perpurpurea) and the only population of Duskytail darter (Etheostoma perenurum).

The purple bean is a federally endangered freshwater mussel and a spotlight species for the Service. The partnership is committed to conducting research, enhancement, restoration and protection for the entire 61 mile stream and the 85,593 acre Copper Creek Watershed. The partnership’s current priority is enhancing a 10 mile section of the stream along with the associated 45 acres of riparian habitat and 100 acres of upland habitat.

Grassy Creek Restoration Project (NC)

Start Date: 02/11/14

End Date: 11/31/15

The Toe River Valley Watch received $50,000 to implement the stream restoration project and greenway along Grassy Creek. The project includes three elements: the stream restoration on Grassy Creek; storm water best management practices at the Grassy Creek Commercial Center; and a greenway along Grassy Creek with educational elements and fishing access.

Toe River Valley Watch (NC)

Start Date: 06/30/12

End Date: 02/28/14

Toe River Valley Watch in Penland, N. C., received a $42,500 grant to restore degraded riparian, floodplain and upland buffer habitat and improve water quality in the North Toe and Cane River basins. Removing a number of in-stream blockages, which include several abandoned and high hazard dams, located within the Nolichucky River Watershed are the top priority.

Upper James River Spiny Mussel Recovery (VA)

Start Date: 08/20/12

End Date: 12/31/13

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) in partnership with FishAmerica Foundation provided $27,000 to recover James Spiny mussel in the Upper James River Watershed through restoration of stream and riparian habitat. Rivers and streams in the central Appalachians contain diverse aquatic faunal assemblages and represent a unique biodiversity hot spot among watersheds in the United States. The James River Watershed is a priority area for the Service’s Virginia ecological services office due to the aquatic endangered species.

Project Funded with Support from B.A.S.S.  

Little Swam Lake Bass Tagging Project (NH)

Start date: 06/01/2014

End Date: 02/28/2015

The New Hampshire B.A.S.S. Nation received a $5,000 grant for its bass research project. This project involves radio tagging smallmouth and largemouth bass released into Little Swam Lake after tournaments. The movements of tagged fish will be monitored for 1.5 years to determine the percentage of bass that will return to the locations where they are caught.

Results from this project will be used to evaluate appropriate bass tournament rules and provide the public with continued opportunities to appreciate and best utilize their resource. To date, 33 fish (10 largemouth and 23 smallmouth) have been tagged. Periodic project updates can be found here.