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Water: Estuaries and Coastal Watersheds

Publications and Links

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  • National Estuary Program Booklet (PDF) (11 pp, 2.8MB)
    To order free copies of this publication, simply call 800-490-9198 and request the EPA document number provided.
  • National Estuary Program: Habitat Protection and Restoration book:
  • Estuaries Kids Site - get information about Estuaries for kids, play games and more.
  • Get Free NEP Posters including "Protecting Our Nations Estuaries" and "Estuaries: Scenes of Transitions"

Fact Sheets

General Fact Sheets

The National Estuary Program in Action

The following success stories demonstrate the significant work being done, and the broad range of issues being addressed by the National Estuary Programs (NEPs). Each highlights how the NEPs implement the Clean Water Act in Ways that are Effective, Efficient, Collaborative, and Adaptive. To find out more about the NEPs featured, please visit their Web sites listed in each fact sheet, or go to National Estuary Home Pages

SmartGrowth and the National Estuary Program

Because growth and development can have a profound effect on water quality, many NEPs have shown leadership in local Smart Growth efforts to protect and improve their estuaries:


National Estuary Program Evaluation Documents

Learn more about how the National Estuary Programs are evaluated:



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