What We Do

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MBNEP works to promote the wise care and stewardship of the waters of Coastal Alabama, its fish and wildlife, and all the natural wealth that exists here.

In 1987, Congress established the National Estuary Program (NEP) under a provision of the Clean Water Act. Across the country, individual NEPs are place-based, which means they focus only on restoring and protecting their own estuaries and watersheds.

The MBNEP—the NEP for all of Coastal Alabama—has been restoring and protecting Coastal Alabama since its establishment in 1995.

Like all NEPs, the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program is non-regulatory. That means we work collaboratively to protect and restore Alabama’s Bays and Estuaries for our people, fish, and wildlife.

We don’t tell people what to do. We offer plans and solutions for the very best stewardship of our natural resources.

We’re locally run. MBNEP functions under a unique governance structure called a Management Conference that gives local partners, who each have a stake in the health of our Coast, a principal voice in the decision-making process.

We’re grounded in science and best practices. Each National Estuary Program develops and implements its own Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP), which are —scientific blueprints—long-term plans—containing specific actions to address water quality and living resource challenges and priorities in each NEP program area.

We deliver for our State and our communities. We manage large scale restorations. We help eradicate invasive species. We return ecosystems to health, protect shorelines, and help clean waterways of litter.

Since 2013, the MBNEP has successfully leveraged its EPA funding of $600,000 per year into more than $32,000,000 of investment in Alabama's coastal restoration activities, representing a return of close to eight dollars for every dollar invested.

The Program enjoys a level of credibility in the community and across the State as an agency of science-based action and key partner for the State of Alabama in planning and implementing restoration activities funded Deepwater Horizon-related sources.

If you live, work, play, or travel in Coastal Alabama, you have a vested interest in the work we do.

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program- Principal Activities

Wetlands and Marsh Restoration

Living Shoreline Construction

Large-scale Stream Restorations

Stormwater Runoff Management

Litter Cleanup and Abatement

Invasive Species Management and Eradication

Watershed Management Planning

Low Impact Development Advancement

Long-scale Scientific Monitoring

Public Access Construction and Promotion

Public Education

Community Engagement

Business and Private Sector Cultivation