|National Estuaries Week|
Spend A Week on the Bay!
Mark your calendars for National Estuaries Week – September 23 -29, 2013!
In 2013 we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of National Estuaries Day and announcing National Estuaries Week, September 23-29! National Estuaries Week is a terrific opportunity to learn more about estuaries and the perfect excuse to spend time on your local bay. You can take advantage of volunteer opportunities and hands-on restoration in your nearby bay or estuary, participate in a guided walk or boat tour, or simply explore your estuary with family and friends. Every year, Restore America's Estuaries member organizations, NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System, and EPA’s National Estuary Program organize special events like beach clean-ups, hikes, canoe and kayak trips, cruises, workshops, and more – all across the country! This year, our events and communications will aim to increase national awareness of estuaries and how estuary conservation efforts support our quality of life and economic well-being. A quarter century after the first National Estuaries Day in 1988, we understand that estuarine ecosystems serve as natural barriers to buffer against storms and floods, absorb and store carbon, and provide critical habitat for commercial and recreational fisheries. The need to protect and restore these critical places has never been more pressing.
Check out the map below for an event near you. Note that you can click the scroll bar next to the map for a complete listing of events.
Click here for more information about NOAA's NERRS: http://estuaries.noaa.gov
Click here for more information about EPA's NEP: http://water.epa.gov/type/oceb/nep
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