Curious what's going on with the Estuary Caucus? Well, you've come to the right spot! We'll keep this page updated with upcoming events for the Estuary Caucus. You can find details below and if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Leigh Habegger.

Upcoming Events

Exciting briefings are in the works....stay tuned!

Past Events

October 19th, 2017Briefing focused on living shorelines as a form of protection for coastal communities and a way to create habitat for juvenile fishery resources. We had a well-respected panel of living shorelines experts join us:

  • Carter Smith, Doctoral candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill studying the ecological and socioeconomic benefits of living shorelines (Presentation here).
  • Mindy Simmons, Senior Policy Advisory in the Planning Division at US Army Corps HQ where she is responsible for managing the Corps' Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration PRogram, guiding related research and development, overseeing the Estuary Habitat Restoration Program, and providing environmental-related policy guidance to senior leaders at the Corps.
  • David Olson, Reulatory Program Manager at US Army Corps HQ working on wetland and stream mitigation regulations, guidance, and policies, as well as cumulative impact analysis. He also manages the Corps' Nationwide Permit Program and assists in Endangered Species Act compliance for the Department of the Army permits.
  • Danielle Kreeger, Senior Science Director for the Partnership for the Delware Estuary and Associate Research Professor at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (Presentation here).

A few pictures from the briefing are below:

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Carter Smith, discussing her research on North Carolina living shorlines

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Mindy Simmons discussing her work habitat restoration work at the Corps

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David Olson discussing the Nationwide Permit Program and the Living Shorlines Nationwide Permit, Permit 54

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Dr. Danielle Kreeger discussing two living shorlines projects in the Delaware Estuary


July 20th, 2017: Briefing focused on the private sector and NGO support for clean, healthy estuaries on which the economy of the coastal region depends. Representative Rick Larsen gave great opening remarks and we had a number of impressive guests join us to discuss this topic including: 

 A few pictures from the briefing are below:

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Representative Rick Larsen kicked off this briefing with great opening remarks. 

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 Bill Dewey, Director of Public Affairs at Taylor Shellfish, discusses the need for clean water for shellfish farms that support jobs in rural areas.

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 Brian Harmon, with East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, discusses how shellfish growers need and support healthy estuaries.

May 4th, 2017: We had a great discussion with our panelists and Rep. Bill Posey at this briefing, and covered a number of NEP and NERR success stories from around the country and the importance of federal funding in our coastal restoration and protection efforts. A huge thanks to Alison Branco for moderating the briefing, the panelists, staffers, and Rep. Posey, for making this briefing a success! Our panel for the second briefing included:

Congressional Estuary Caucus Briefing

Below are a couple of pictures from the briefing:

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Congressman Bill Posey speaking to our panelists and audience.

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Mike De Luca, Senior Associate Director of Rutger's Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, talking

about the stellar work happening at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve.

May 3rd, 2017: The reception room as packed in honor of the National Estuary Program's 30th anniversary! Thrilled to see so many folks there to cheers the great work being done in our NEPs. Thanks to all who made it out; we're looking forward to celebrating more great work with you in the future!

Celebrate our Nation's Estuaries Reception

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Congressman Bill Posey stopped by the reception and spoke with Duane De Freese,

the Executive Director for the Indian River Lagnoon National Estuary Program.

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It was a packed house!

 March 20th, 2017: The Estuary Caucus's very first briefing provided a great overview of the role of federal agencies in estuary management. We had a number of representatives from various federal agencies to discuss their role in protecting and conserving our nation's estuaries, including:

Congressional Estuary Caucus