Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, National Estuaries Week (NEW) is a nationwide celebration of our bays and estuaries and the many benefits they provide to local communities. Each year, dozens of organizations throughout the country host local events in celebration of National Estuaries Week, from beach cleanups to marsh restoration events to kayaking tours.

Restore America’s Estuaries partners with both the Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP) and the National Estuarine Research Reserves Association (NERRA) to promote National Estuaries Week on a broad scale. Together, we strive to elevate public awareness about the importance of our estuaries throughout the week, both at home and on Capitol Hill.

National Estuaries Week 2018

This year, National Estuaries Week will was held September 15-22, 2018. This year saw the greatest engagment of social media to date – more than 17,000 #EstuariesWeek views across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 105 registered events across 21 states and territories brought together more than 30,000 volunteers on projects such as clean-ups, restoration plantings, and more.

The second annual NEW Hill Expo kicked off the week and brought representatives from NOAA, EPA, USFWS Coastal Program, and USDA NRCS to the Capitol for an informal networking reception. 

National Estuaries Week 2017

Thank you to all of the organizations, volunteers and supporters for National Estuaries Week 2017! Last year, we completed 215 projects spanning 27 states; more than 28,000 volunteers contributed an economic value of $2.45 million in volunteer hours.

The inaugural NEW Hill Expo was a success, providing Congressional staff the opportunity to meet with representatives from a variety of federal programs, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Thanks to our Gulf Coast Regional Sponsor CITGO, we awarded $18,000 in grants to 8 organizations within the Gulf Coast Region to conduct NEW projects of their own.