The Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of our nation's bays and estuaries.
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
  • Photo by Sandy Hedgepeth
  • Photo by Suzy Allman
  • Child with Horseshoe Crabs

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


Follow the legislation

In February 2014, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) introduced legislation to re-authorize the National Estuary Program (NEP). The bill, S.2042: Clean Estuaries Act of 2014 would…Read More…

Santa Monica NEP seeks new Executive Director

The Bay Foundation (TBF) of Santa Monica is seeking to fill the position of Executive Director. TBF is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes comprehensive watershed and coastal resources management of Santa Monica Bay and its watersheds. It is also the non-profit partner of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (SMBRC)… Read More…

What's an estuary? video

Santa Monica NEP in the News: Boater's Guide on iTunes

California's Clean Vessel Education Program, a partnership of The Bay Foundation (TBF) and California State Park's Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW), has released the latest version of its popular Southern California Boater's Guide (Guide)… Read More…

Costal Bend Bays NEP receives "Water for Wildlife" grant

The Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program has received a $25,000 grant from Hollomon Price Foundation for the installation of solar powered … Read More…