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National Estuary Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Environmental Protection Agency , Office of Water
CFDA #: 66.456

Purpose of this program:

The program objective is to develop and implement a comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) for each estuary designated by the EPA Administrator. The program characterizes the problems in the estuary, determines relationships between pollutant loading and impacts on living resources, develops a comprehensive plan recommending solutions to priority problems, and implements actions addressing priority problems. Potential implementation includes basin-wide reduction of point and nonpoint sources of pollution and basin-wide resource management programs. Funding Priority: EPA?s funding priority is to award grants that support the existing 28 National Estuary Programs. Section 320(a) of the 1987 Water Quality Act (WQA) authorizes the Agency to convene management conferences with participants from State legislatures, interstate or regional environmental agencies, State agencies, local governments or other public or nonprofit private agencies, research institutions and individuals to develop programs to protect and restore coastal resources in estuaries of National significance.