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Working together to protect 28 vital coastal ecosystems

The Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit driven by its mission to unite and support organizations within the National Estuary Program. Spanning 29 states and Puerto Rico, the program’s place-based network protects and manages 28 U.S. estuaries of national significance and has restored over 2.5 million acres of coastal habitat since 1987. 

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Building Resilient Communities

The entities within the National Estuary Program empower communities to play a leading role in preserving the estuaries and watersheds they rely on.

Map of NEP watersheds in the US.

Policy Priorities

For every federal dollar invested, the National Estuary Program leverages $17 in local, state, and private-sector investments to protect and improve coastal environments, communities, and economies

The 28 National Estuary Program locations designated by Congress are centers of economic growth, workforce development, domestic seafood production, and tourism, and are home to essential transportation infrastructure.

 

ANEP supports policies that promote the ecological integrity of estuaries, build capacity for coastal resilience, improve water quality, and encourage community access to coastal ecosystems. ANEP encourages robust federal funding for the National Estuary Program and the innovative competitive awards program.

 

These funds are essential to vital work in areas such as harmful algal bloom mitigation and other water quality issues; coastal resilience and adaptation; community engagement and education; habitat restoration; microplastics reduction; species management and recovery; land use development/planning and other technical support; and improving public access. 

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Board of Directors

Bill Crowell

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Director

Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership

Curtis Bohlen

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Director

Casco Bay Estuary Partnership

Christophe Tulou

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Executive Director

Delaware Center for the

Inland Bays

Mark Tedesco

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Director

Long Island Sound Study

Melodie Grubbs

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Executive Director

Morro Bay National Estuary Program

Kalle Matso

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Director

Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership

Tom Ford

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Director

Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program

T. Bradley Keith

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Director

Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program

Jennifer Hecker

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Executive Director

Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Lisa M. Marshall

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Program Manager

Galveston Bay Estuary Program

Pam DiBona

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Executive Director

Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Partnership

Darcy Young

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Interim Executive Director

Narragansett Bay Estuary Program

Laura Blackmore

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Executive Director

Puget Sound Partnership

David Tomasko

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Executive Director

Sarasota Bay Estuary Program

Stanton Hales

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Director

Barnegat Bay Partnership

Kiersten Stanzel

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Executive Director

Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program

Duane De Freese

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Director

Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program

E. Elaine Placido

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Executive Director

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Robert Pirani

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Director

NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program

Caitlin Sweeney

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Director

San Francisco Estuary Partnership

Ed Sherwood

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Executive Director

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Joe Costa

Dr. Joe Costa, Director of the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program
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Executive Director

Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program

Kathy Klein

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Executive Director

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

Kevin Smith

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Executive Director

Maryland Coastal Bays Program

Roberta Swann

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Director

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

Joyce Novak

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Director

Peconic Estuary Partnership

Brenda Torres

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Executive Director

San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership

Kristi Foster

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Executive Director

Tillamook Estuaries Partnership

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