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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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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