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

NEP Fall Meetin in Puerto Rico

The 2015 NEP fall meeting will be held December 2-4, 2015, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Go to our meetings page to learn more.

Public Outreach Position Open at Sarasota Bay NEP

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is presently recruiting for a Public Outreach Manager. The position oversees their educational and outreach activities including: events, social media, in-school education, … Read More…

What's an estuary? video

Galveston Bay Estuary Program to hold State of the Bay Symposium

Galveston Bay Estuary Program will hold its 10th State of the Bay Symposium on January 13-14, 2016 at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Conference Center in Galveston, TX. The program is encouraging all partners and organizations that have worked with them to submit an abstract for posters or panel sessions highlighting the work they have done, or are currently doing, to help preserve and protect Galveston Bay for future generations. The submission deadline is May 15, 2015. The call for presentations can also be found on the programs homepage and this symposium announcement.

Indian River Lagoon NEP Seeks an Executive Director

The Indian River Lagoon Council, an independent special district of the state of Florida, and the sponsoring agency of the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, is seeking candidates for Executive Director. The Executive… Read More…