- Joshua Reickert (PEW Charitable Trust) envisions an initiative that ties together existing regional coastal conservation organizations, and works on the national level to empower them at the local level. Organizations needed to be local, deep-rooted, have networks and connections at the state level, and be strong and solid.
- Sarah Clark is hired by Tom Wathen (PEW Marin & Forest Conservation portfolio) to help Josh identify and convene meeting of local coastal organizations.
- PEW convenes a meeting of invited organizations in Philadelphia. The group meets again several times before deciding to create a national organization focused on conducting coastal habitat restoration.
Restore America’s Estuaries is established. Naki Stevens hired as first executive director; First meeting held and name, mission, structure established. Mark Davis (CRCL) elected as first Board chair.
- Steven Kinberg becomes the new executive director.
- Estuary Restoration Act (ERA) introduced in Senate [S. 835].
- Mark Wolf-Armstrong hired as executive director.
- RAE is incorporated in Virginia.
- Mark Wolf-Armstrong transitions to become president & CEO.
- Principles of Estuarine Habitat Restoration is published in partnership with the Estuarine Research Federation.
- First NOAA/RAE partnership agreement signed.
- RAE becomes a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
- Estuary Restoration Act signed into law.
- Seattle office opens.
- Release of National Strategy to Restore Coastal and Estuarine Habitat
- Inaugural Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration held in Baltimore, Maryland.
- 2nd National Conference held in Seattle, Washington.
- 3rd National Conference held in New Orleans, LA.
- Jeff Benoit hired as president & CEO.
- ERA authorized in WRDA.
- “The Economic and Market Value of Coasts and Estuaries: What’s at Stake” is published.
- 4th National Conference is held in Providence, R.I.
- “Hope for Habitats” is published.
- “Action Plan for the Development of a National Greenhouse Gas Offset Protocol for Tidal Wetlands Restoration and Management” is published.
- 5th National Conference is held in Galveston, T.X.
- “Climate-Adapt-Mitigate” is published.
- 6th National Conference is held in Tampa, F.L.
- EarthCorps replaces People for Puget Sound in the RAE alliance.
- 7th National Summit is held in partnership with The Coastal Society in Washington, D.C.
- RAE convenes the first meeting of the Blue Carbon National Working Group.
- RAE leads the development and approval of the first globally applicable Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration, allow restoration projects to earn carbon offsets.
- 8th National Summit held in New Orleans, L.A.
- RAE is selected by the EPA to manage the Southeast New England Grant Program.
- RAE launches partnership with the Clean Foundation, a Canadian NGO, to support coastal restoration along the Bay of Fundly and Northumberland Strait.
- 30th anniversary of National Estuaries Week.
- 9th National Summit held in Long Beach, C.A.