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

The importance of estuaries has never been clearer than this past year. With our daily lives disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so many lives lost and the inequities of our society laid bare, we all looked for ways to find calm and a sense of normalcy. Across the country people flocked to nature and estuaries to find peace and solitude. The tranquility of outdoor spaces reconnected many with forgotten passions and
opened the door for new hobbies.

In addition to this solace, estuaries played an important role in protecting our coastal communities from another record hurricane and storm season. Intact coastal wetlands saved communities billions of dollars in reconstruction and countless lives. Until we fully address climate change, the trend of record storms is not apt to decline. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we prioritize nature-based solutions and sustainable management to protect the over 40% of our nation’s population that all live within estuary regions.

If the 2020 National Coastal and Estuarine Virtual Summit was any testament to this need, then the future looks bright. Switching to an entirely digital format came with a lot of uncertainty, but you showed up and made this year’s Summit the most successful to date. The resilience of our coastal community to overcome these hurdles to connect, learn from one another and celebrate our nation’s estuaries is second to none.

I am very excited to join Restore America’s Estuaries as the new President & CEO. I greatly appreciate the support of the Board, our staff, and partners for making 2020 another year of impact. Thank you to all our partners, friends, and advocates for making my first year at RAE so enjoyable. I look forward to meeting you all in 2021 and working with you to protect and restore our nation’s estuaries and bays.

Best Regards,
Daniel Hayden, President and CEO