The National Fish Habitat Partnership has released their latest Assessment Report, titled: “Through a Fish’s Eye: The Status of Fish Habitats in the United States 2015″. It summarizes all the human impacts on fish habitats in the rivers and estuaries of the United States. It assesses the risk and major drivers of habitat degradation within major subregions, as well as individual watersheds and estuaries.
For steams in the Southeastern Atlantic region (encompassing North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia), urban expansion, dams and water control structures, and agriculture posted the most significant threats to aquatic habitat. The region’s estuaries were most threatened by agricultural and urban land use runoff containing excess nutrients and pollutants. Florida and Alabama fall into the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Region while Virgnia is part of the Mid-Atlantic region of the assessment.