Restore America's Estuaries Blog

Wins in Washington propel estuary restoration

House, FEMA set path forward for green infrastructure The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) took a huge leap forward in their flood prevention policy by moving away from floodwalls and towards nature-based solutions to aid in flood prevention in coastal states.   The new policy says that mitigation projects can include the ecosystem…

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Reflections from the Summit – Virtual opportunities provide access to far away communities

Scholarships offer new access, opportunities to university students at 2020 Summit By Heidi Ziegenmeyer, Land Grant Director, Cankdeska Cikana Community College Coming from a small tribal community in North Dakota, attending a “real conference” is often out of reach for my students at Cankdeska Cikana Community College, especially one in Rhode…

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Reflections on the 2020 National Coastal & Estuarine Virtual Summit

Solutions driven approach produces most successful Summit to date By Daniel Hayden  It’s hard to believe the 2020 Summit has already come and gone. After two years of planning, a leap into a virtual platform, and a lot of trust, you produced three days of enlightening conversation and more than 500 solutions–focused presentations. On behalf of the entire Summit planning team,…

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Corporate Partners Shine at 2020 Summit

Supporters from public, private, and non-profit sectors make 2020 Summit a success By Lance Speidell The National Coastal & Estuarine Summit is well known for bringing together committed conservation and restoration professionals from a wide variety of geographies and organizations.   Similarly, the Summit’s sponsors also include a diverse mix of…

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Little Acts for Estuaries Week

Estuaries Week offers opportunity for thousands to make a difference By Arielle Ostry  When I was a senior in high school, my dance company was required to complete a community service project. We were all strapped for time, stressed about classes, extracurriculars, and the upcoming venture to university. Like most 18-year-olds would, we collectively opted to procrastinate. When the deadline to pick a project rolled around, the only option left was…

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New Tool to Quantify Blue Carbon, Increase Conservation Financing

First Blue Carbon Conservation Methodology Expected to Scale Up Finance for Coastal Restoration & Conservation Activities  This story originally appears on Verra’s website. Please visit: https://verra.org/first-blue-carbon-conservation-methodology-expected-to-scale-up-finance-for-coastal-restoration-conservation-activities for more details  Verra just released the first blue carbon conservation methodology approved under any major GHG program. The methodology, which is a revision to…

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Cross Sectoral Roles at the Summit

2020 Summit Attracts Diverse Group of Sponsors, Attendees By Lance Speidell More than 1,100 people have registered for the National Coastal & Estuarine Summit ahead of the early bird deadline on August 31st. This record-breaking attendance, alongside our more than 400 presentations and panels, has proven that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, coastal and estuarine restoration and management is still…

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