Association of National Estuary Programs

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  • Santa Monica NEP
  • Photo by Theresa Fiorillo
  • Photo by David Chatzsky
  • Volunteers at Quick Point Reserve
  • Photo by Dotty Motta
  • Photo by Jimmy White
  • Mobile Bay water sampling
  • Photo by John Wakeman
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  • Photo by Paul Martinelli
  • Photo by Harry McVay
  • Photo by Sandy Hedgepeth
  • Eel off Santa Monica
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  • Photo by Suzy Allman
  • Child with Horseshoe Crabs
The Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of our nation's bays and estuaries.

Who We Are

ANEP works with the 28 individual programs in the National Estuary Program (NEP), which was established in 1987 by Congress to restore and protect estuaries of significant importance. The NEP brings together citizens, scientists, businesses, and government to solve environmental problems and promote healthy, vibrant communities. The program stakeholders work together to develop science-based action plans that enhance the estuary as a vital environmental and economic resource benefiting local communities and the entire nation.

 

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Map of the 28 National Estuary Programs

The ANEP Mission

National Estuaries Week 2016

This year, National Estuaries Week is being celebrated September 17-24. Since 1988, National Estuaries Week has been held to celebrated the many ways we benefit, from healthy, thriving coastal ecosystems. Throughout the country, local and national organizations, watershed groups, National Estuarine Research Reserves, and National Estuary Programs have organized special events, like beach clean-ups, hikes, canoe and kayak trips, workshops and more to recognize the special role estuaries play in our everyday lives. Go to the Restore America's Estuaries website to see some of the activities going on in different estuaries around the country.

What's an estuary? video

Have you looked at our NEP event calendar?

To see some of the great activities and events of the National Estuary Programs and our partners, go to our Members Calendar page.

Santa Monica NEP: Releases State of the Bay 2015

The Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program has released its 2015 State of the Bay. Produced by the NEP over a five-year period, it was released as a special issue of the journal Urban Coast. The report's primary goals are: to measure progress in restoring the Bay's natural habitats and resources, to educate the public about the Bay's valuable natural resources, and to identify the challenges facing scientists and managers charged with the protection and management of the Bay and its watershed.