Association of National Estuary Programs

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  • Santa Monica NEP
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  • Volunteers at Quick Point Reserve
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  • Mobile Bay water sampling
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  • Photo by Paul Martinelli
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  • Eel off Santa Monica
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  • 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

Information on NEP Winter 2016 Meeting Posted

Our February 22-25 meeting in Washington DC is just around the corner. Go to our NEP meetings page to learn more.

New Executive Director Sought for LUMCON

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) in Cocodrie, Louisiana is looking for a new Executive Director. The closing date for applications is February 15, 2016. This … Read More.

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.

What's an estuary? video

Santa Monica NEP: Releases 2015 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.