National Estuary Program (NEP)

  • EPA's NEP is a non-regulatory program established by Congress that works to improve the waters, habitats and living resources of 28 estuaries across the country. 
  • Each NEP consists of diverse local stakeholders who develop and implement a long-term plan (called a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP)) based on local priorities to guide their efforts. 
  • The NEPs use a consensus-building approach by involving community members in the decision-making process.  
  • The NEP is a Collaborative, Effective, Efficient, and Adaptable Coastal Ecosystem-Based Network.

Learn About the National Estuary Program

Local National Estuary Programs


Printable Map of NEP Study Areas

National Estuary Program Study Areas MapView Large Printable Study Area Map

Interactive NEP Mapper

NEP Interactive Mapper

View NEP habitat protection and restoration projects on the National Estuary Program Mapper (NEPmap).