Conserve and restore riparian, fisheries and water resources to provide the resource values and ecosystem services necessary to achieve the BLM’s mandate of multiple use and sustained yield.
BLM Aquatic Resources
Riparian and wetland areas, lakes, streams and aquifers on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are among the nation’s most important, productive and diverse resources, providing value enduring to the American public. They provide habitat for a myriad of species of plants, fish and wildlife; provide ecosystem services such as drinking water, pollination and nutrient cycling; mitigate the effects of forest fires, floods and drought; and are essential to the vitality of local economies and communities.
Aquatic resources also support permitted activities on public lands such as livestock grazing, energy and mining development, timber production, and countless recreational opportunities. The BLM Aquatic Resources Program works with BLM managers, tribal, federal, state, and local governments, and non-governmental partners to ensure the long-term sustainability of aquatic resources for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. .