Winding river running in a large loop next to a mountain and brush covered prarie.
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National Stream & Aquatic Ecology Center

Welcome to the Forest Service - National Stream & Aquatic Ecology Center.

The focus of the National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center is on developing tools and science applications for the more effective management and conservation of watersheds, streams, riparian ecosystems, fisheries and aquatic ecosystems on National Forests and Grasslands.

The Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air and Rare Plants (WFWARP) Program combined two of its Technical Units: the Stream Systems Technology Center and the Fish and Aquatic Ecology Unit. An executive Steering Committee and new Charter were developed to guide the integration of the units.


Charter - signed 2013 PDF 1 MB

Briefing Paper - August 2013 PDF 30 KB


Focus on:


  • Environmental flows and water resource management.
  • Watershed, stream, riparian, and aquatic habitat restoration.
  • Condition, trend, and effectiveness monitoring of watershed, channel, aquatic habitat, and riparian vegetation.
  • Technology Development, Transfer and Application
  • Technical Support and Training.

Staff Spot Lights


  • 11/07/2018: The November 2018 StreamNotes has been published and is now available on the StreamNotes page!
  • A Forest Service Stream and Riparian Restoration Network has been created to facilitate knowledge and technology transfer between Forest Service personnel throughout the agency. Sign up now to be included in the public distribution list, to connect with others who have duties that include a focus on stream and riparian restoration.
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National Stream & Aquatic Ecology Center