National Estuary Program

By Sheril Kirshenbaum


From:  Sheril Kirshenbaum
Re:  National Estuary Program

National Estuary Program in FY 2008


  • The National Estuary Program (NEP), established by Congress in 1987, develops and institutes plans for attaining and maintaining water quality in the nation’s estuaries.
  • Over the past two decades, the NEP will have preserved, restored or created nearly 719,000 habitat acres, and 39 million people in the U.S. work in estuary-related jobs.
  • The Clean Water Act Section 320 directs EPA to develop plans for improving or maintaining water quality in an estuary including both point and nonpoint sources of pollution.


  • Seeking support for funding the NEP would enable it to better carry out improving environmental conditions, securing and leveraging funds, and improving public education and citizen participation though outreach efforts.


State Interests:  National Estuary Programs are demonstrating success and working in close partnership with many Federal, State and local entities.


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