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National Estuary Program
The National Estuary Program is clearly not a partisan issue. Protecting our waterways is our shared civic responsibility. No matter what side of the political fence you're on, we all not only enjoy, but depend on, the benefits of clean water. Clean water is necessary for our quality of life.

Established under the Clean Water Act, the National Estuary Program (NEP) was created by Congress in 1987. The Maryland Coastal Bays Program was inducted into this non-regulatory program in 1996. It is one of 28 such programs, created to help protect the most biologically and economically significant coastal areas in the United States.

One of the strengths of NEPs is their ability to leverage funding. On average, for every $1 in federal funding received, local NEPs raise an additional $15 to support the work they are doing in local watersheds.

The Maryland Coastal Bays leverages 18:1. That's $18, cash or in-kind, for every $1 received from the federal government. These dollars go directly to support conservation, restoration, research, outreach, and education in our watershed -- to protect Assawoman, Isle of Wight, Newport, Sinepuxent, and Chincoteague Bays.

If you're interested in learning more about the National Estuary Program, visit www.epa.gov/nep.

 
 


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