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National Estuary Program (NEP)

State of the Bay Report for Santa Monica Bay

The National Estuary Program was established by the Clean Water Act Ammendments of 1987 to protect nationally significant estuaries threatened by pollution, development, and overuse. National Estuary Programs (NEPs) combine the knowledge and talents of citizens and technical advisors, senior government officials and staff, and elected officials (working through a Management Conference) to develop sound scientific information about the estuary and to promote effective management solutions to identified problems. The Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program (SMBNEP) is one of 28 NEPs. 

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