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National Estuaries Week is Here!

Since 1988, National Estuaries Week has celebrated the many ways we benefit, from healthy, thriving coastal ecosystems. All throughout the country, local organizations including Restore America’s Estuaries member groups, National Estuarine Research Reserves and National Estuary Programs organize special events, like beach clean-ups, hikes, canoe and kayak trips, workshops and more to recognize the special role these places play in our everyday [...]

September 18th, 2017|

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt works with CBBEP in wake of Hurricane Harvey

The coast of Texas was hit hard this past week by Hurricane Harvey.  ANEP is pleased to report that all staff at the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, based in Corpus Christi, and the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, based in Houston, are safe. Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program was honored to be a part of U.S. [...]

September 1st, 2017|

Senate Passes Resolution Declaring National Estuaries Week September 16-23, 2017

ANEP is pleased to share this update from the office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse: On August 3, the Senate unanimously approved a resolution designating the week of September 16 through September 23, 2017 as National Estuaries Week.  Sponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and 28 others, the bipartisan legislation recognizes the importance of coastal and estuarine [...]

August 7th, 2017|

Three National Estuary Programs Receive GULF GUARDIAN Awards for Work in Gulf of Mexico

Three National Estuary Programs are scheduled to receive the Gulf of Mexico Program Partnership’s 2017 Gulf Guardian awards this fall in Alabama. Third place awards will be presented to Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, Galveston Bay Estuary Program and the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program’s director, Susan Testroet-Bergeron. The Gulf of Mexico Program Partnership developed [...]

July 27th, 2017|

TBEP’s Nitrogen Management Consortium wins inaugural Coastal Stewardship Award

  The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) is an international nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing human understanding and appreciation of the Earth's estuaries and coasts. In 2017, CERF established the Coastal Stewardship Award to honor notable achievements in promoting the wise management of estuarine and coastal systems. CERF has chosen Tampa Bay Estuary Program’s [...]

July 26th, 2017|

NEP Coastal Ocean Acidification Research Critical to Economic Development

Coastal ocean acidification threatens shellfish all over the country, and NEPs are playing a key role in understanding this problem and combating pollution that worsens it in our Estuaries of National Significance.  Recently, the acidification work of  MassBays National Estuary Program was featured on Boston Public Radio. Ocean acidification is not just an ecological problem, it is already having economic impacts [...]

June 27th, 2017|

American Association of Port Authorities supports NEP funding

AAPA [American Association of Port Authorities] urged continued federal investments to support the stewardship of our nation’s coasts. Letters sent today to both Senate and House Appropriations leaders cite the local and national benefits of robust funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program (NEP) in FY 2018 appropriations legislation. NEP consists of 28 [...]

June 9th, 2017|

Senate and House members urge funding for the National Estuary Program in 2018

Members in both houses of Congress have written letters to their respective appropriations committees urging continued funding for the National Estuary Program in 2018.  20 Senators and 60 House members have signed on to these letters citing the local and national benefits of the National Estuary Program to coastal ecosystems and economies.  Read the letters here: [...]

June 1st, 2017|

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|