Q:What is the process for identifying and developing aquatic habitat restoration and enhancement projects?
A: Staff working within the Aquatic Habitat Conservation and Restoration (ACHR) Section collaborate with multiple partners -- federal, state and local governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and community groups -- to identify, develop and implement aquatic habitat restoration and enhancement projects. The partners work together to: 1) determine what type of restoration can be completed; 2) develop engineering designs; 3) acquire appropriate permits; 4) provide funds for the project; 5) hire and oversee contractors to perform the restoration work; and 6) monitor the environmental conditions of the restored system.
Q: How are aquatic habitat restoration and enhancement projects funded?
A: AHCR receives funding from the state Legislature through the Land Acquisition Trust Fund each year. These funds are often used as match with partners who bring additional funding and resources to implement these projects.
Q: Who is in charge of the project?
A: FWC aquatic habitat biologists supervise the restoration and enhancement activities and ensure monitoring of projects based on identified criteria for success.
Q: Can FWC aquatic habitat biologists help me with restoring aquatic habitats on my property?
A: FWC aquatic habitat biologists can offer technical assistance to private property owners but cannot provide funding for projects on private land. State-funded projects are conducted on publicly held or publicly accessible lands and waterways.
Q: Does AHCR build boat ramps and fishing piers or dredge access canals?
A: No, AHCR funds are intended for habitat improvement projects and are not generally allocated for access directed projects.