About Summit

About Summit

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and the Coastal States Organization (CSO) co-host The National Coastal and Estuarine Summit. We bring together the coastal restoration and management communities for integrated discussions to explore issues, solutions, and lessons learned in their work. The Summit explores cutting-edge issues in coastal restoration and management and highlights the latest research through interactive sessions, plenary speakers, and poster presentations. It invites a unique blend of people who are involved in policy, science, strategy, business, and on-the-ground restoration and management.


The Summit is an international gathering encompassing all disciplines within the coastal and estuarine restoration and management communities. RAE and CSO work with partnering and supporting organizations to develop and host the Summit for attendees from the restoration and management communities: non-profit and community organizations, indigenous peoples, academic and research institutions, businesses with an interest in the coast, and agencies from all levels of government. Restoration and management practitioners, citizens and community leaders, consultants, scientists, educators, planners, engineers, students, volunteers, philanthropists, program managers, field staff, contractors, regulators, and others involved in restoration and management efforts are encouraged to participate.

RAE Alliance staff at the 2018 Summit in Long Beach, CA.

Summit in Providence

The 2020 National Coastal and Estuarine Summit will take place October 4-8, 2020 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Past Conferences

2018Long Beach, CA
2016New Orleans, LA
2014Washington, DC
2012Tampa, FL
2010Galveston, TX
2008Providence, RI
2006New Orleans, LA
2004Seattle, WA
2003Baltimore, MD

View additional information from the 2018 Summit here.

View additional information from the 2016 Summit here.

View additional information from the 2014 Summit here.