Restore America's Estuaries Blog

RAE applauds immediate focus on climate

Coastal resilience, environmental justice key pieces of Biden’s climate Executive Order By Daniel Hayden Last week, President Biden signed a sweeping Executive Order aimed at tackling the climate crisis, with a focus on addressing injustice, rebuilding our economy, and restoring environmental integrity across government. Public opinion overwhelmingly supports these measures.…

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Securing healthy rivers for healthy communities

Aquatic organism passage critical for migratory fish and flood protection  By James Miller As one of the last rivers containing a remnant population of wild Atlantic salmon and the southernmost river in the species’ range, Maine’s 66-mile Sheepscot River is, literally, exceptional. In another way, it’s far from unique: The…

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2020 Coastal Watersheds Grant Announcement

RAE grants more than $1.33 million 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 $1,086,373 to seven coastal organizations to improve water quality and restore critical coastal habitat. Grant recipients include municipalities,…

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Protect and Restore America’s Estuaries Act signed into law

On January 13th 2021, H.R.4044, the Protect and Restore America’s Estuaries Act, was signed into law.   Introduced to the House in 2019 through the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and sponsored by Rep. Tom Malinowski (D – NJ), the act reauthorizes appropriations for the National Estuary Program until 2026 and nearly doubles the annual…

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Giving Thanks for our Estuary Heroes

By Arielle Ostry Thanksgiving is a time for gratefulness and reflection, and we are beyond thankful to all those dedicated to restoring and preserving our nation’s estuaries.  During this year’s Estuaries Week, we partnered with our friends at NERRA and ANEP to celebrate our “Estuary Heroes.” These are people who go above and beyond in advocating for our estuaries and bays and educating others…

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6 Spooky Things Happening in Your Estuary

Ghosts of estuaries present haunting our local waterways By Arie Ostry, Mollie Russell, and Katie Tanner It’s almost Halloween and we’re taking a deep dive into the scariest monsters haunting our local estuaries. From man-made intrusions to mother nature herself, there are plenty of threats to some of our most delicate and profitable ecosystems.   Some of these hauntings are clearly dangerous. Others have…

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House, FEMA build path forward for green infrastructure

Wins in Washington, D.C. propel estuary restoration  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 service…

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