NEPs . . .
The NEP’s Mission Involves . . .
Support for developing and implementing the programs’ Comprehensive Conservation Management Plans (CCMPs).
Support for sharing practical ideas about how the NEP consensus-based approach helps to solve ecosystem problems with other resource managers. This information can be used to ensure the long-term environmental and economic viability of coastal and estuarine resources.
Support for ongoing stewardship of national estuaries and the ongoing education of diverse stakeholders and decision-makers about issues that impact on estuarine ecosystems.
Support for the formation and strengthening of the federal/state/local and public/private partnerships in decision-making leading to sound public policy.
Consistency in collecting and organizing reliable and objective data that’s useful for resource managers and policy decision makers. A related outcome is raising awareness about the need for ongoing monitoring and ecological assessments as part of comprehensive resource management planning.
Coordinating information exchange among the NEPs in order to share successful strategies to address common ecological and management issues.
The NEP: A Model Federal Program
Located within 28 different watersheds nationwide, the NEP is recognized as a model for building partnerships to protect the coastal environment, sustain coastal economies, and improve quality of life along more than 42 percent of the continental U.S. shoreline.
The NEP is a time-tested, non-regulatory program that uses a consensus-building process to identify goals, objectives, and actions that reflect local environmental and economic priorities. These partnerships are guided by citizen and intergovernmental management committees attuned to local needs and priorities. The ongoing effort ensures that decisions are based on the best available science.
The collaboration between local, state and federal government, private business, and local communities fostered by each of the NEP’s exemplify efficient and effective governance. For every one dollar provided by the federal government, $19 is contributed by NEP’s non-federal partners. The extraordinary leveraging power created through NEP partnerships ensures that the benefits provided by federal investments in clean water, healthy ecosystems, and thriving waterfront communities are multiplied many times over.