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.