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Association of National Estuary Programs

EPA National Estuary Programs Workshop

Beyond Water and Salt – Spicing Up the National Estuary Program

Washington, DC
Directors meetings: Monday, February 22, at the Palomar Hotel (3 PM to 9 PM)
EPA Workshop: Tuesday February 23 - Thursday February 25
EPA offices at 1201 Constitution Ave. N.W., WJC East Room 1153

Meeting Registration

To register for the meeting, click this meeting registration link. This is a new weblink!. Registration fees for the meeting are $150 for dues-paying members, $300 for non-paying members.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Palomar at DuPont Circle at the rate of $189/night, plus taxes and fees. Call 1-877-866-3070 and reference "National Estuary Programs Meeting 2016." You can also register online (includes discount rate). A certain number of Queen Deluxe Rooms are reserved in our block from Sunday 2/21 through Thursday 2/25. Based on availability you should be able to reserve additional nights at our special rate for three days prior to and after our block. On February 1st we will be calling the hotel to release any unreserved rooms, so don’t dally!

EPA Building Security

You will need a valid driver's license or other suitable photo ID to enter the EPA building. If you have a driver's license from Arizona, Louisiana, Minnesota*, New Hampshire, or New York*, you should bring a passport or other acceptable ID to enter the EPA building (*enhanced driver’s licenses from Minnesota and New York are acceptable, read the information at the very bottom of this page: This EPA website page identifies alternative or combinations of non-compliant IDs required for entry to an EPA building. For example a non-compliant drivers license and a state government or school ID card together will allow for entry.


Here is the February 22, 2016 Draft Agenda. Meeting Objectives: Share NEP accomplishments and lessons learned. Discuss common NEP challenges and best practices for addressing those challenges. Share information about EPA resources and opportunities for improved environmental outcomes. Provide updates on EPA’s Ocean and Coastal priorities and the role of the NEP.


For questions regarding the schedule, contact Pam DiBona at: For questions regarding registration or the ANEP Board of Directors meeting, contact Stan Hales at:


If you are presenting or leading a session at the 2016 NEP Workshop please be sure to send your presentations to Nancy Laurson by Feb. 19.

Abbreviated Schedule and Agenda

Monday, February 22 at the Palomar Hotel

  • 3:00pm-5:00 pm: Various Director subcommittee meetings
  • 5:00pm-9:00 pm: Reception, Director's dinner (6:30 pm) and business meeting (7-9 pm)

Tuesday February 23, 2016 at EPA Headquarters

  • 12:00 - 1:00 Registration
  • 1:00 - 1:30 --Welcome and Meeting Charge: Dave Evans, Deputy Director, OWOW
    Meeting Theme and Charge: Bernice Smith, Chief, CMB
  • 1:30 – 3:15 NEP Actions towards Improvements: Tom Ford, Roberta Swann, Pam DiBona, Alison Branco, Stan Hales (NEP Directors), and Dave Evans (Deputy Director, OWOW); Facilitator: Bill Long, Acting Associate Director, OCPD
  • 3:15 – 3:45 Break
  • 3:45 – 5:00 Resources and Opportunities from the EPA: Michael Craghan, Coastal Management Branch(CMB); Resources from Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center-Sonia Brubaker; Sustainable Communities-Stephanie Bertaina and John Thomas; Next steps for the Interagency Working Group on the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act, Caitlin Gould, Coordinator and Dr. Lesley D’Anglada, (OST)
  • 5:00 Adjourn

Wednesday February 24, 2016

  • 8:30am-9:00am Registration
  • 9:00 – 10:15 Trash Free Waters: Laura Johnson, TFW Team Leader, Marine Pollution Control Branch
  • 10:15 – 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 – 12:00 Communication and Evaluation of Campaigns and Messages, and developing Measurable Indicators of Estuary Health: Nancy Laurson, CMB and NEPs
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch on your own
  • 1:30 – 2:15 EPA’s Oceans and Coastal Priorities: Dr. Bernice Smith, Chief, CMB
  • 2:15 – 2:30 Break
  • 2:30 – 3:30 Action Planning
  • 3:30 – 3:45 Break
  • 3:45 – 5:00 Report Out to EPA Senior Management: NEP Directors, Facilitator: Bill Long, Acting Associate Director, OCPD; Dave Evans, OWOW Deputy Director; Ann Campbell, Acting Division Director, OCPD
  • 5:00 - 5:15 Wrapping Up – What we would like to see: Dr. Bernice Smith and Dr. Stan Hales, President, Association National Estuaries Programs
  • 5:30 – 7:30 Social Gathering

Thursday February 25, 2016

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Meet and Greet
  • 9:00 – 10:00 CCMP Update/Revision: Bill Long, Acting Associate Director, OCPD, Facilitator Nancy Laurson, CMB
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Break
  • 10:15 – 11:15 NEP Program Evaluation Moving Forward: Bill Long, Acting Associate Director, OCPD, Facilitator Noemi Mercado, CMB
  • 11:15-12:00 A Call for a New NEP Vision in 2017: Dr. Bernice Smith, Chief, CMB; Margherita Pryor, EPA Region I
  • 12 noon Adjourn