The Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of our nation's bays and estuaries.
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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

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 is seeking faciltator services

The Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP) is seeking bids for services in support of the development of a strategic plan, including agenda planning, facilitation, guidance and discussion. The ANEP Board wishes to review and revise our mission and to develop a roadmap that will identify and prioritize strategies to meet our short and long-term goals. Bids are due no later than 3 p.m. EST, Monday, December 29, 2014. For more information, go to our announcements page.

What's an estuary? video

Follow the legislation

In February 2014, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) introduced legislation to re-authorize the National Estuary Program (NEP). The bill, S.2042: Clean Estuaries Act of 2014 would…Read More…

Estuary Science & Restoration Coordinator Sought

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays invites applications for its Estuary Science & Restoration Coordinator who will lead research, monitoring, and aquatic ecosystem restoration… Read More…