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
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  • 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

ANEP Request for Bids Announcement: Technical Services for Website Redesign

The Association of National Estuary Programs is soliciting proposals from website development vendors to assist in the redesign and migration of our website, and to implement a content management system to enable a website team to update content. In concert with the ANEP Project team, the Vendor will analyze and evaluate… Read More

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership seeks a Research Scientist

The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership seeks a Research Scientist to collect and analyze field data and help manage subcontractors in support of the Estuary Partnership's Ecosystem Monitoring and Action Effectiveness Monitoring Programs. The position is a permanent, 32 hours per week position, and requires a minimum of… Read More.

What's an estuary? video

Our spring NEP meeting is just around the corner

The 2017 National Estuary Program spring tech transfer meeting, will be held in Washington DC on May 2. Go to our meetings page to learn more and to register.

Delaware Inland Bays NEP seeks Outreach & Education Coordinator

The Center for the Inland Bays invites applications for its Outreach & Education Coordinator who will lead education and community outreach efforts in accordance with the Inland Bays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. The Center is a private non-profit organization located at the Indian River Inlet in Delaware Seashore State Park near Rehoboth Beach. The Center… Read More