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National Estuary Program (NEP)

Financing Strategies Used by the National Estuary Program

On average, the National Estuary Programs (NEPs) raise $19 for every $1 provided by EPA. The NEPs successfully leverage federal seed money by:

  • developing finance plans
  • building strategic alliances
  • demonstrating environmental results
  • providing seed money or staff to initiate and develop new funding sources such as stormwater utilities

NEP Primary Leveraged Dollars 2003 to 2017

Over the 2003-2017 period, the NEPs leveraged $5.71 billion from $310 million in EPA grants. This additional funding came from a variety of federal, state, local and private sources through such mechanisms as:

  • annual membership appeals
  • license plate revenues
  • fines and penalties
  • state appropriations
  • intergovernmental agreements

There are many sustainable funding examples from the NEPs.

NEP Primary Leveraging Investments 2005 to 2017 ($5.2 Billion)

The NEPs use leveraged resources to:

Note: Leveraged dollars are defined as the dollar value (cash or in-kind equivalent) of resources dedicated to implementing an NEP CCMP above and beyond the funding provided to the NEP under Section 320, including earmark funding. "Primary” leveraging indicates that the NEP Director and staff, rather than NEP partners, played the central or leadership role in obtaining the additional resources.

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