About Us

Restore America’s Estuaries is dedicated to the protection and restoration of bays and estuaries as essential resources for all people.

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Restore America’s Estuaries is dedicated to the protection and restoration of bays and estuaries as essential resources for all people.

RAE,  its member organizations, and grantees protect and restore coastal habitats nationwide. We have unmatched national reach and effectiveness; our projects restore coastal wetlands, open fish passages, remove invasive species, build living shorelines, transplant seagrasses, replant salt marshes, and restore shellfish habitat.

RAE advances 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, and addressed emerging issues, including climate change, blue carbon and estuary economics. Together with our members and 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 to preserve our nation’s estuarine habitats for the enjoyment of future generations to come.

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Volunteer with Kayaks heading out on a coastal restoration project

As we reflect on the remarkable accomplishments of the past year, it is with immense pride and gratitude that we present the highlights of our journey together. In 2023, Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) continued to advance our mission to preserve and protect our nation’s precious estuarine ecosystems for all.

RAE proudly launched two innovative programs, made possible through collaboration and support from RAE members and key federal agencies and backed by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act and the Inflation Reduction Act.

The Gulf Region Oyster Network, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), creates a strong, diverse network of organizations with skills and experience in oyster shell recycling and reef restoration and provides a learning network that can serve to expand this critical work throughout the Gulf and the US with an emphasis on regional learning, impact and inclusive growth.

Our second new program, the Long Island Sound Community Impact Fund (LISCIF), is a partnership among RAE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the  Long Island Sound Study (LISS). This program helps achieve the goals of the  Justice40 Initiative,  which calls for 40% of certain Federal investments to flow to disadvantaged communities that have been marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution. LISCIF will help to build capacity for organizations located in communities affected by disproportionate environmental and human health risks and fund project proposals which improve access to the Long Island Sound, while reducing overall environmental health risks.

This October, our commitment to knowledge-sharing and collaboration reached new heights at the 2023 Living Shorelines Workshop in Galveston, TX. With the support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and NOAA, this pivotal event saw record attendance with 250 coastal restoration professionals and policy makers coming together to foster an environment of innovation and shared expertise that will undoubtedly shape the future of nature-based shoreline stabilization.

A few weeks prior to the Workshop, we celebrated National Estuaries Week (NEW), an annual recognition of the role healthy coasts play in protecting and providing for our nation. In recognition of Congress passing an overwhelmingly bipartisan Resolution recognizing the week, we hosted our first NEW Celebration in Washington, DC. Attended by Congressional staff, federal agencies, and partner organizations, dozens of old and new friends shared local seafood and stories from our shores. Capping off the night, Dr. Rick Spinrad, NOAA Administrator, addressed the crowd, contributing valuable insights that bolstered our collective commitment to safeguarding our nation’s estuaries.

As we celebrate these achievements, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who have been instrumental in making these initiatives a reality. Your unwavering support has been the catalyst for our success, and we look forward to deepening these collaborations in the years to come.

Looking ahead to 2024, we are excited about the positive impact we can achieve together. As we forge ahead, let us continue to stand united in our shared commitment to the environment and the communities that depend on the vitality of our coastal ecosystems.


Daniel Hayden
President & CEO
Restore America’s Estuaries

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.