Association of National Estuary Programs

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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

The Fall NEP meeting is Just Around the Corner

The 2016 National Estuary Program fall tech transfer field session and meeting, sponsored by ANEP and Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, begins Friday, December 9. Have you registered yet? The meeting will be held in New Orleans, immediately preceding the Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) 8th National Summit on Coastal & Estuarine Restoration and 25th Biennial Meeting of The Coastal Society. Go to our meetings page to learn more and to register.

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National Estuaries Week 2016

This year, National Estuaries Week was 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 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 undertaken 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.

Peconic Estuary Program/NEIWPCC seek Environmental Analyst

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) is seeking an Environmental Analyst (EA) to work with New York State Department of Environmental Conversation's Bureau of Marine Resources in East Setauket, NY to conduct activities associated with the Peconic Estuary Program. The position… Read More