Streams and their corridors are inhabited by a rich diversity of wildlife species that includes more than 153 fishes, 63 mussels, 1,200 aquatic insects, 170 birds, 12 mammals, 10 reptiles, and 14 amphibians. Streams also benefit all Ohioans by providing water supply, recreational opportunities, beautiful scenery, and drainage. The physical alteration and degradation of these habitats, however, has negatively impacted both resource and resource users in many ways.
While water quality in many streams has improved as the result of the Clean Water Act, only half of our monitored stream miles currently meet their aquatic life use designations. While the emphasis of this program is on the restoration and protection of physical habitats in and adjacent to streams, these strategies will also result in improved water quality, more miles meeting use designations, and increased benefits to all Ohioans.
Protect high quality stream habitats and restore others based on the presence of a high aquatic diversity, rare and endangered species, good sport fishing, biological integrity, and other related criteria.
Through partnerships, collaboration, and coordination, participate in and support stream and watershed efforts by other agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other groups.
Protect and restore forested riparian corridors, floodplains, and wetlands through conservation easements, acquisition, and landowner programs and incentives.
Learn more about Watershed Management, In Stream Restoration and Stream Aquatic Diversity