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NEP Communities Design Local Solutions for Restoring Habitat

Crew of five, installing filled rope 'sausage' for shore protection along boundary between mudflats and estuarine grasses.
Crew of five, installing filled rope 'sausage' for shore protection along boundary between mudflats and estuarine grasses.

At the 28 NEP Study Areas around the country, local stakeholders work together to identify and prioritize the problems in their estuaries. Each CCMP contains specific actions that address the whole range of environmental problems facing the estuary, including habitat loss and degradation.

These wide-ranging actions include: efforts to acquire or preserve open space; develop conservation easements for riparian buffer areas; restore or create habitats through revegetation programs; efforts to improve water quality through upgrades in wastewater treatment plants, improved stormwater and septic systems; monitoring and mapping of critical areas; and public outreach and education activities. All of these efforts are carried out through partnerships between federal, state, and local agencies with assistance from private and nonprofit sectors and citizens.


For hightlights of specific NEP efforts please see the National Estuary Program: Habitat Protection and Restoration book:

cover of NEP Habitat Protection and Restoration book


 

Examples of NEP Habitat Plans

Lower Columbia River Habitat Strategy Web page
Visit Habitat Restoration Prioritization Framework Exit EPA Disclaimer to view an NEP Habitat Restoration Strategy from the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership.

Cover of The Land Conservation Plan for New Hampshire's Coastal Watersheds
View the The Land Conservation Plan for New Hampshire's Coastal Watersheds (PDF) (268 pp, 24.7MB, About PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer to see an example of an NEP land conservation plan from the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership

Cover page for Peconic Estuary Program Habitat Restoration Plan - Nov 2009
Peconic Estuary Program Habitat Restoration Plan - November 2009 (PDF) (60 pp, 3.1MB, About PDF)

Cover of Long Island Sound Study habitat restoration manual
View the Long Island Sound Habitat Restoration Initiative (PDF) (138 pp, 1.8MB, About PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer to see an example of an NEP habitat restoration manual from the Long Island Sound Study

Target Ecosystem Characteristics (TECs) for the Hudson Raritan Estuary
Target Ecosystem Characteristics (TECs) for the Hudson Raritan Estuary: Technical Guidance for Developing a Comprehensive Ecosystem Restoration Plan (2007) (PDF) (112 pp, 1.7MB, About PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer
TECs are an important component of the overall habitat restoration planning effort in the harbor

Plan to Protect, Restore, and Enhance Living Resources by Improving Water Quality and Protecting and Enhancing Habitat in the Delaware Inland Bays Watershed
Plan to Protect, Restore, and Enhance Living Resources by Improving Water Quality and Protecting and Enhancing Habitat in the Delaware Inland Bays Watershed (PDF) (43 pp, 13.9MB, About PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer


To see information about each NEP's CCMP and their habitat goals, please visit their NEP home pages.

 

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