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Water: Habitat Protection

Other Coastal Habitat Protection Activities and Reports

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Estuary Restoration
The Estuary Restoration Act (ERA) (PDF) (26 pp, 78K) promotes the restoration of estuary habitat; by development of a national Estuary Habitat Restoration Strategy (PDF) (7 pp, 62K). The Act also establishes the ERA Council for creating and maintaining effective partnerships within the Federal government and with the private sector; to provide Federal assistance for and promote efficient financing of estuary habitat restoration projects; and to develop and enhance monitoring, data sharing, and research capabilities.

Ocean Commission on Ocean Policy and Pew Oceans Commission
The goal of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative is to accelerate the pace of change that results in meaningful ocean policy reform. Annual Ocean Policy Report Cards assess of the nation's collective progress made in implementing meaningful ocean policy reform.

An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century (PDF) (676 pp, 18MB) Exit EPA Disclaimer
This Final Report of the U.S. Ocean Commission on Ocean Policy voices concern for protecting and enhancing our ocean and coastal resources. This report recognizes the importance of managing ocean and coastal ecosystems through regional and watershed-based collaborations, including increasing and improving water quality monitoring. The themes in the Commission on Ocean Policy report closely align with many EPA water quality priorities.

From Sea to Shining Sea: Priorities for Ocean Policy Reform (PDF) (52 pp, 257K) Exit EPA Disclaimer
The members of the Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission present the top ten steps for Congressional action to protect, restore, and maintain marine ecosystems, in response to a request from a bipartisan group of Senators.

America's Living Oceans Charting a Course for Sea Change Exit EPA Disclaimer
Pew Commission recommendations for a new ocean policy, a report to the Nation, May 2003.

International Efforts

International Efforts Web site

Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife in the Wider Caribbean Region

For more information on EPA's international Efforts visit the International Programs: Water site


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