The Congressional Estuary Caucus was established in early 2017 to help educate leaders at all levels of government on the importance of estuaries and ensure we sustain the robust support for proven programs that work to confront the mutual troubles of U.S. estuaries.

Along with our partners at NERRA and ANEP, RAE has facilitated Congressional action to advance the science of natural infrastructure and blue carbon, among other priorities, into meaningful legislation that better protects and provides for coastal communities. This includes the passage of the inaugural National Estuaries Week in 2007 and subsequent validation from Congress that estuaries and coasts are vital to the future of the American economy, national security, and way of life. Additionally, Members of the Caucus have proven that coastal issues are not partisan and consistently propose legislation based on science and research to increase funding for coasts and improve coastal resilience.

Co-Chairs of the Congressional Estuary Caucus

Rep. Suzanne Bonamicci (OR)Rep. Suzanne Bonamicci (OR)
Rep. Rick Larsen (WA)Rep. Rick Larsen
Rep. Brian Mast (FL)Rep. Brian Mast
Rep. Bill Posey (FL)Rep. Bill Posey

At RAE, we recognize that we are only as strong as the partnerships we build. We want to extend our sincerest gratitude to everyone who has helped us along the way, and we look forward to future success. Help us turn the tide for estuaries!