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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|

Volunteers Put Finishing Touches on Nueces Bay Marsh Restoration Project

The Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (CBBEP) has just wrapped up the final phase of the Nueces Bay Marsh Restoration Project that included a very successful volunteer effort!  In one year 240 volunteers contributed 720 hours, and planted 10,000 Spartina plugs on over 4 acres of the 160 acre marsh restoration site.  This type [...]

June 27th, 2017|

Summer at Santa Monica’s WILD Beach

Santa Monica beaches are some of the most recognizable and popular beaches in the world and draw over 17,000,000 beach goers per year. Although sandy beaches traditionally have been, and continue to be managed primarily as recreation areas, they are also an important natural habitat. The Bay Foundation (TBF), in partnership with the City of [...]

June 27th, 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|

Shell Volunteers Join BTNEP in Fourchon Ridge and Marsh Project

PORT FOURCHON, LA - On April 21, 2017, sixteen employees from Shell Oil Company joined the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program to take part in a wetlands planting project on the Port Fourchon ridge and marsh north of Port Fourchon. The goal of the project is to create sustainable ridge and marsh habitat located along the [...]

June 9th, 2017|

Freshwater Inflows Protected

Freshwater inflows into the Nueces River Delta had virtually been eliminated by a combination of channelization and reservoirs, resulting in water quality problems, species decline, and loss of productivity in the Nueces estuary. In order to protect and manage these inflows, the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (CBBEP) began purchasing property in the Nueces [...]

June 1st, 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|

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|