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A National Strategy provides a framework for restoring function to coastal and estuarine habitat. It seeks to ensure that restoration priorities are established, diverse programs are coordinated to maximize benefits, and public expectations are both established and met. It also supports the goal of restoring one million acres of estuarine habitat by 2010 as set forth in the Estuary Restoration Act of 2000, and it can be applied to improve the effectiveness of restoration efforts conducted under any program.

Restore America's Estuaries worked closely with scientists, community leaders, nongovernmental organizations and representatives of government at all levels to develop this strategy.

The document is comprised of three main sections - Objectives, Framework for Implementation and Regional Analyses of Restoration Planning - that together will forward the nation's efforts to restore coastal and estuarine habitat on a broad and coordinated scale.