Restore America's Estuaries Blog

RAE Awards More than $700,000 to Estuary Restoration Projects through NEP Coastal Watersheds Grant

On behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) has facilitated the funding of $703,213 to fourcoastal organizations to improve water quality and restore critical coastal habitat. 2021 is the second year RAE administered the Coastal Watersheds Grant Program. The program received requests for over $15 million in this round of competition. “We are thrilled with the quality of proposals we received.…

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Caring For Our Coast 2022 Grants Now Available

Download the 2022 RFP Download the 2022 Application Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) is pleased to announce the call for applications as part of the 2022 CITGO Gulf Region Grants Program. This year’s program title is Caring for our Coasts: Engaging Diverse Communities to Restore Coastal Areas Throughout the Gulf of Mexico Region.   The program offers a…

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My Estuary: Matt Gregg

Farming Oysters on the Jersey Shore By Rob Shane Coastal New Jersey is known to most as a booming vacation destination with pristine beaches and destination resorts. In the past decade, though, a movement to turn New Jersey’s largest body of water, Barnegat Bay, into an oyster farming destination has…

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Thanks for your Support at the 2021 Living Shorelines Workshop

By Daniel Hayden After two years of planning, promoting, and a good bit of maneuvering due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I’m proud to say the 2021 Living Shorelines Workshop was a huge success. This year’s event set record numbers: 300 attendees joined us both virtually and in Cape May 22…

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Estuaries’ Two-Front Battle Against Climate Change

By Naomi Hill Our estuaries are on the frontlines of climate change. Estuarine systems sit at the intersection of marine and terrestrial environments, making them vulnerable to the subtlest of changes on both fronts. Most of the impacts we are experiencing today as a result of climate change are far…

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Oil Spill Threatens Southern California’s Fragile Wetlands

By Naomi Hill California’s wetlands are at risk. Over the last century, the state has lost at least 90% of their wetland ecosystems.   Salt marshes in particular are being threatened by rising sea levels and increased urban development, so much so, that research suggests they could completely disappear from California…

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Economic Value of Estuaries Rising as Climate Change Threatens Coastal Communities

By Daniel Hayden, President & CEO Since Restore America’s Estuaries published The Economic and Market Value of Coasts and Estuaries: What’s At Stake? in 2008 a lot has changed; providing grounds for optimism, concern, and a clear call to action.  For the most part, we have gone beyond a conversation…

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Florida Watershed Revitalized Thanks to Hard Work of Local Community

By Keep Pinellas Beautiful Our 2021 Restore America Estuaries grant proposal sought to revitalize the watershed along the Martin Luther King (MLK) corridor in South St. Petersburg, Florida. This urbanized area along the MLK Corridor is uniquely positioned between St. Petersburg’s largest freshwater water body, Lake Maggiore, and Tampa Bay.…

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