Association of National Estuary Programs

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  • Santa Monica NEP
  • Photo by Theresa Fiorillo
  • Photo by David Chatzsky
  • Volunteers at Quick Point Reserve
  • Photo by Dotty Motta
  • Photo by Jimmy White
  • Mobile Bay water sampling
  • Photo by John Wakeman
  • Photo by Dotty Motta
  • Photo by Paul Martinelli
  • Photo by Harry McVay
  • Photo by Sandy Hedgepeth
  • Eel off Santa Monica
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  • Photo by Suzy Allman
  • Child with Horseshoe Crabs
The Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of our nation's bays and estuaries.

Who We Are

ANEP works with the 28 individual programs in the National Estuary Program (NEP), which was established in 1987 by Congress to restore and protect estuaries of significant importance. The NEP brings together citizens, scientists, businesses, and government to solve environmental problems and promote healthy, vibrant communities. The program stakeholders work together to develop science-based action plans that enhance the estuary as a vital environmental and economic resource benefiting local communities and the entire nation.


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Map of the 28 National Estuary Programs

The ANEP Mission

NEP Fall Meeting in Puerto Rico

The 2015 NEP fall meeting will be held December 2-4, 2015, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The final agenda is posted and meeting participants can now register online. Go to our meetings page to learn more.

Tampa Bay Estuary Program Seeks Technical Projects Coordinator

The Tampa Bay Estuary Program is seeking qualified applicants for a Technical Projects Coordinator position. The successful applicant will have demonstrated experience in effectively managing environmental, scientific and/or engineering projects… Read More

Have you looked at our NEP event calendar?

To see some of the great activities and events of the National Estuary Programs and our partners, go to our Members Calendar page.

What's an estuary? video

Santa Monica NEP: Malibu Lagoon Coming Back to Life

A comprehensive, post-restoration monitoring report finds Malibu Lagoon is now a healthier system because of a project to restore tidal flushing and revegetate wetlands. The project, which targeted a site formerly characterized as a 'dead zone,' resulted in… Read More

Will the NEP be Reauthorized in 2015?

In April, a bill passed the house to reauthorize the National Estuary Program. In June, related legislation was introduced in the Senate. Will Congress finally pass legislation to reauthorize Section 320 of the Clean Water Act? Go to our Legislative Information page to learn more.