About RAE

About Us

Mission: Restore America’s Estuaries is dedicated to the protection and restoration of bays and estuaries as essential resources for our nation.

Founded in 1995, Restore America’s Estuaries is a national alliance of 10 coastal conservation groups dedicated to restoring and preserving America’s estuaries and coasts. Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) is a powerful voice for coastal habitat restoration in the nation’s capital.

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.

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.

Message from the President

As if to grasp the coastline, the ocean reaches out for the land, with estuaries as its fingers and hands. In this unique nexus — characterized by the dynamic mixing of salt and freshwater in tidal cycles — abundant life is created and nurtured.

They are renowned for the young fish and shellfish that they rear, but it is also our own youthful spirit that is nourished by sailing, fishing, swimming, or relaxing in a placid marsh or rocky shore. We are from the sea, and are continually lured back to its edge, unable to defy the kinship we share with this place.

And yet, no place on earth more directly embodies the challenge of balancing our own lives with the lives of our fellow species than estuaries. By 2075, 75% of our nation will live within 50 miles of the coast. Without delay, we must solve the conundrum of developing coastlines while also protecting and restoring the very habitat that draws us there.

It’s time to devote ourselves to our coasts — which are increasingly OUR primary habitat. This will require no less than redefining our relationship with these special places. We hope you enjoy your journey into the amazing world of estuaries — our coastal sanctuaries.

Best Regards,
Daniel Hayden, President and CEO