Partnership Between Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and NAMEPA

estuary. (ěs’ch -ěr’ē) The wide lower course of a river where it flows into the sea. (

Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) announced today that NAMEPA and Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) will join as strategic partners. The goal is to create a platform to discuss marine environment topics relative to America’s estuaries and the marine industry and develop new avenues to protect the valuable resources of the seas. 

“Restore America’s Estuaries is excited to partner with NAMEPA to bring together leaders from the estuarine protection and restoration sector, and the shipping and maritime industry. This partnership will foster collaboration in tackling some of our coasts’ most pressing challenges and provide a strong foundation working towards protecting our coastal systems, resources, and economies. The nexus between our two organizations provides a natural platform for our partnership and we look forward to working with NAMEPA.” Jeff Benoit, President and CEO.

“RAE has been effective in the field with their efforts to advance national initiatives to protect and restore bays, sounds and estuaries”, stated NAMEPA’s Carleen Lyden Walker. NAMEPA is committed to the stewardship and protection of our seas through corporate social responsibility and public education about the marine industry and protecting the marine environment. We look to the future as we join with a new partner working to “Save Our Seas”.  

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) is a national alliance of 10 coastal conservation groups that stretch from Rhode Island to Washington State. Local projects restore coastal wetlands, improve water quality, open fish passages, build living shorelines, re-plant salt marshes and restore shellfish habitat.  RAE provides a united voice for coastal conservation in the nation’s capital and advance the science and practice of protecting and restoring estuaries through on-the ground projects, groundbreaking science, high-level meetings, and the power of convening people.  Restore America’s Estuaries is dedicated to the protection and restoration of bays and estuaries as essential resources for our nation.  For more information, visit  

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