About Us

Restore America’s Estuaries is a national alliance of 10 of the leading coastal conservation groups in the United States. We are dedicated to the protection and restoration of bays and estuaries as essential resources for our nation.

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Founded in 1995, Restore America’s Estuaries is dedicated to the protection and restoration of bays and estuaries as essential resources for our nation.

RAE member organizations restore coastal habitats in 11 estuaries and 16 states nationwide. Stretching from Maine to California, we have unmatched national reach and effectiveness; our local projects restore coastal wetlands, open fish passages, remove invasive species, build living shorelines, transplant seagrasses, replant salt marshes, and restore shellfish habitat.

As the leader of a national alliance, we provide a unified voice for coastal conservation in Washington D.C. and advance the science and practice of habitat restoration through on-the-ground projects, groundbreaking science, high-level meetings, and our biennial National Coastal and Estuarine Summit.

As the leader of a national alliance, we provide a unified voice for coastal conservation...

Accomplishments and Future Goals

Through extensive projects and community events, Restore America’s Estuaries has effectively changed the future course of our nation’s estuaries. We have advanced, funded, and implemented on-the-ground restoration projects on a national basis, addressed emerging issues, including climate change and estuary economics. Together with our partners we have united the coastal restoration community, key government decision-makers, and citizens behind coastal and estuarine habitat restoration issues. In the future, we hope to continue these widespread conservation efforts in order to preserve our nation’s estuarine habitats for the enjoyment of future generations to come.

Smiling volunteers at a coastal restoration project

Volunteer with Kayaks heading out on a coastal restoration project

As we reflect on 2022, a lot of moments stand out. Restore America’s Estuaries hosted our 11th Biennial Summit, we added two new grant programs to our scope, and we witnessed the largest investment in coastal restoration in our nation’s history from the federal government.

In December, our team returned from New Orleans where RAE hosted our 11th Coastal & Estuarine Summit. This was my first experience attending the Summit in person and I’m still in awe of the value this event holds in the coastal restoration community. More than 1,375 restoration professionals, practitioners, and policy makers made the trip to Louisiana or joined us virtually to share their experiences, lessons learned, and recommendations for the future.

In addition to the 1,300+ that participated in the Summit, we were also honored to have received support from more than 60 sponsors and exhibitors, which allowed us to grow the agenda to include more than 500 presenters and more than 100 sessions. The Summit also hosted more than 140 poster presenters and with the help of our sponsors, we were able to provide scholarships for more than 50 students and early career professionals from traditionally underrepresented communities to attend.

The success of this year’s Summit comes on the heels of the passage of historical level of support for investments in coastal restoration. RAE has long advocated that natural infrastructure, like healthy estuaries, is infrastructure. Between the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed in late 2021 the federal government has dedicated more than $5 billion in new funding over the next five years to directly support projects that will improve coastal resilience and our growing coastal communities. This level of support for restoration represents the single largest investment in restoration in our nation’s history, and lays the foundation of what is needed to protect our coasts and coastal communities

RAE continues to grow, as well, with new staff members joining our team this year. In addition, we’ve partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to facilitate two new grant programs: the National Estuary Program Watershed Grants and the Long Island Sound Community Impact Fund. These new programs will not only allow us to continue funding restoration along our coasts but will also give us the ability to implement lessons learned from our Inclusive Coasts Initiative to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in grant making and project implementation.

The theme of the 2022 RAE Summit was aptly Resilient Coasts. Resilient Communities. We throw the word resilience around a lot, though, and as we look ahead, I realize we may be setting our aspirations too low. To paraphrase Jessica Dandridge, Executive Director of the Water Collaborative in New Orleans, let us aim instead for thriving coasts and thriving coastal communities in 2023 and beyond.

We are excited to advance thriving coasts and thriving coastal communities in 2023 and we look forward to working with you for many years to come.

Best Regards,

Daniel Hayden, President and CEO

Non Discrimination Policy

Restore America’s Estuaries does not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, creed, religion, color, personal appearance, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity marital status, parental status, family responsibilities, the presence of any sensory, physical, or mental disability, matriculation, membership in any labor organization, lawful source of income, political affiliation, or political ideology, in the administration of its programs or activities. 

Restore America’s Estuaries does not intimidate or retaliate against any individual or group because they have exercised their rights to participate in actions protected, or oppose action prohibited, by 40 C.F.R. Parts 5 and Part 7, or for the purpose of interfering with such rights. 

If you have any questions about this notice or any of Restore America’s Estuaries’ non-discrimination programs, policies, or procedures, you may contact our Business and Finance Manager or reach us by mail at:

Restore America’s Estuaries
601 13 St NW
12th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

If you believe that you have been discriminated against, you may contact the Business and Finance Manager as identified above or follow the below reporting instructions: 

RAE encourages complaints, reports, or inquiries about illegal practices or serious violations of RAE policies, including illegal or improper conduct by RAE itself, by its leadership, or by others on its behalf. Accusations of retaliation for reporting harassment or other improper behavior also fall into this policy, as do complaints of discrimination. Complaints, reports, or inquiries may be made under this policy on a confidential or anonymous basis and should describe in detail the specific facts demonstrating the basis for the complaints, reports, or inquiries. They should be directed to the RAE President or Chair of the Board of Directors via writing at RAE@estuaries.org or phone at (703) 524-0248. If both of those persons are implicated in the complaint, report, or inquiry, relevant information should be directed to the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors via the same communication methods. RAE will conduct a prompt, discreet, and objective review or investigation.