Estuaries and the National Estuary Program
What Are Estuaries?
Estuaries are places where freshwater from rivers mix with saltwater from the sea. Learn more about estuaries.
Why Are Estuaries Important?
What You Can Do to Help
Estuary Information for Teachers and Students
The NEP is a collaborative, efficient, and adaptable ecosystem-based network of organizations that protects and restores 28 estuaries of national significance.
Learn about the NEP
Learn about the National Estuary Program's work, accomplishments, and resources.
Explore Local Estuary Programs
Explore the websites, CCMPs, and State of the Bay Reports from individual NEPs.
Read about grant opportunities available for projects in qualifying geographic areas.
Explore NEP habitat protection and restoration projects, along with other key water quality and land use data.
Learn about the 28 local NEPs, the issues they face, and how partnerships coordinate local actions.