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"
General Fact Sheets
- National Estuary Program - 20th Anniversary Fact Sheet (PDF) (8 pp, 5.16MB)
- National Estuary Program Factsheet (PDF) (2 pp, 302K)
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
- Addressing Climate Change
- Improving Water Quality
- Seeking Sustainable Funding
- Engaging in Smart Growth
- Protecting and Restoring Habitat, Living Resources
- Determining Value of Estuaries
- Identifying Invasive Species
- Fostering Stewardship
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:
- Charlotte Harbor (PDF) (2 pp, 251K)
- Lower Columbia River (PDF) (2 pp, 510K)
- Maryland Coastal Bays (PDF) (2 pp, 220K)
- Tampa Bay (PDF) (2 pp, 375K)
- Incorporating Green Infrastructure into Municipal Projects (PDF) (36 pp, 3.5MB)
Green Infrastructure Opportunities that Arise During Municipal Operations provides approaches that local government officials and municipal program managers in small to midsize communities can use to incorporate green infrastructure components into work they are doing in public spaces. The document presents examples and case studies of how integrating green infrastructure methods can enhance retrofits and maintenance projects, and provide other multiple community benefits.
- Getting to Green: Paying for Green Infrastructure, Finance Options and Resources for Local Decision-Makers (PDF) (43 pp, 2MB)
This report summarizes various funding sources that can be used to support stormwater management programs or finance individual projects. Each type of funding source is illustrated by several municipal programs and contains a list of additional resources.
- Coastal Stormwater Management Through Green Infrastructure: A Handbook for Municipalities (PDF) (156 pp, 12MB)
The handbook is designed to assist municipalities within the Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay areas to incorporate green infrastructure into their stormwater management planning. It can also be readily applied to other states.
- Community Culture and the Environment: A Guide to Understanding a Sense of Place (PDF) (293 pp, 10MB)
The Guide explores the concepts of community and culture and provides tools for identifying, assessing, and working cooperatively within the social dynamics and local values connected to environmental protection.
- National Estuary Program Coastal Condition Report
NEP CCR The NEP CCR reports on the condition of those 28 estuaries while the National Coastal Condition Report series describe the condition of 100% of all estuaries in the contiguous 48 states.
- Indicator Development for Estuaries (PDF) (138 pp, 1.4MB)
This manual has been prepared to provide information on indicator development and to offer a framework for the development of indicators for use in coastal waters.
- Volunteer Monitoring
The Volunteer Estuary Monitoring Manual contains information and methodologies specific to monitoring estuarine water quality. The manual explains how to establish and maintain a volunteer monitoring program, as well as working effectively with volunteers and ensuring their safety.
- Community-Based Watershed Management: Lessons from the National Estuary Program (NEP)
The document is designed for all individuals and organizations involved in watershed management, including states, tribes, local governments, and nongovernmental organizations. This document describes innovative approaches to watershed management implemented by the 28 National Estuary Programs (NEPs).
National Estuary Program Evaluation Documents
Learn more about how the National Estuary Programs are evaluated:
- EPA's 2004-2006 National Estuary Program Implementation Report (PDF) (14 pp, 1MB)
- National Estuary Program Evaluation Guidance - Final (PDF) (32 pp, 886K)