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New Bipartisan Congressional Caucus Formed to Support Our Nation’s Estuaries

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Bill Posey (R-FL), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Rick Larsen (D- WA) have founded and will serve as co-chairs of the Congressional Estuary Caucus in the 115th Congress. The new caucus will give our nation’s estuaries a stronger voice and presence in Washington by uniting lawmakers from across [...]

April 14th, 2017|

Charting the Course to Map SAV in the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary

Species supporting valuable Atlantic coast fisheries depend upon the nursery provided by the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system.  Much of this important habitat exists as vast expanses of underwater meadows known as submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV).  North Carolina has more SAV acreage than any other Atlantic coast state except Florida, 99% of that coverage being within the [...]

April 13th, 2017|

Whitehouse Statement on Signing of National Estuary Program Reauthorization

Washington, DC – President Barack Obama has signed into law the first reauthorization of the National Estuary Program (NEP) since it expired in 2010, allowing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the 28 individual NEPs to continue to support conservation and improvement at estuaries around the United States.   Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who championed the bipartisan [...]

April 12th, 2017|

Senate Committee Approves Whitehouse’s Estuary Bill

Legislation Would Reauthorize Program First Established by Sen. John Chafee Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee today approved the Clean Estuaries Act of 2014, introduced by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), to reauthorize the National Estuary Program (NEP).  The legislation, crafted with Committee Ranking Member David Vitter (R-LA), was [...]

April 12th, 2017|

Palos Verdes Kelp Forest Restoration

Kelp forests are the rainforests of the sea. These highly productive ecosystems provide food and habitat to over 700 species of invertebrates, other algae, and fish, many of which are popular with sport and commercial fishermen and recreational divers. Over the past 100 years, the Palos Verdes Peninsula has lost approximately 75% of its giant [...]

April 11th, 2017|

Tampa Bay Estuary Program: A Collaborative Approach to Ecosystem Recovery

In 1992, the elected officials participating in Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) adopted a goal of restoring seagrass to 1950s levels after decades of decline.  Reaching this goal required collaboration from public and private participants in TBEP’s Nitrogen Management Consortium.  Since 1992, local governments, industries, and citizens have implemented over 500 nutrient reduction projects throughout [...]

April 11th, 2017|

Stormwater Infiltration Basin and Pétanque Terrain Project

BTNEP’s Stormwater Infiltration Basin and Pétanque Terrain Project built a feature within a local park that functions as a stormwater infiltration basin and as a surface for playing the game of pétanque. As the bayou region becomes more urban with more impervious surfaces, inventive projects such as this one will be needed to decrease [...]

April 11th, 2017|

When the Tide Returns: Fir Island Farms Estuary Restoration

What happens when the tide returns to an ancient estuary after a 100-year hiatus? The ground sings. “That first return of the tide, that is something incredible to see,” said Leah Kintner, Skagit River Watershed Ecosystem Recovery Coordinator at the Puget Sound Partnership. About 50 people witnessed that first-tide in August, when the final [...]

April 11th, 2017|

Fish in the Classroom in Providence, RI

The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC) has completed their Woonasquatucket Watershed Restoration Education project, funded by the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program. WRWC engaged students in Providence schools about the Woonasquatucket River and watershed. Part of that project is called “Fish in the Classroom,” an elementary school program that includes setting up a tank with [...]

April 11th, 2017|

Re-writing History in Morro Bay’s Creeks and Estuary

The Morro Bay watershed, located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California’s Central Coast, was a hotbed of military training during World War II. This relatively secluded region hosted D-day training, bomb testing, and strategic trainings from the waters of the estuary all the way up to the hills in the [...]

April 11th, 2017|