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Restoring Habitat for Florida Sport Fish at Robinson Preserve

At Robinson Preserve near Tampa Bay, NOAA and partners are monitoring how coastal habitat restoration is helping support Florida’s recreational fisheries.
September 18, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Aerial view of a wetland preserve with ponds, trails, and mangroves Aerial view of the Robinson Preserve habitat restoration project. Credit: Manatee County and E.T. MacKenzie, Inc.

5 Lovely Reasons Why We “Heart Estuaries”

Celebrating #IHeartEstuaries is a popular way to show your love to these bodies of water where rivers meet the sea.
February 13, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Aerial view of a river and streams flowing into a bay. Snohomish River Estuary NOAA works in Washington's Snohomish River estuary to restore habitat for salmon and other fish species. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Report Highlights Economic and Climate Benefits of America’s Estuaries

Estuaries help support the nation’s economy and climate resilience through benefits like jobs, flood protection, and coastal blue carbon storage.
November 02, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Mangroves along an estuary Mangroves near Tampa Bay, Florida. Credit: Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

Estuary Habitat on the West Coast

Estuaries are the interface between land and sea: semi-closed regions where salt and freshwater mix, leading to a unique community of plants and animals.

New Mapping Reveals Lost West Coast Estuary Habitat

Report highlights potential for restoration of these important habitats.
August 14, 2019 - Feature Story ,
Aerial view of Drakes Bay in Point Reyes, CA. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Skokomish River Estuary Restoration Helps Salmon and Steelhead Return Home

In the Puget Sound region, reopening abandoned agricultural land back to nature will allow young salmon, steelhead, and other fish species room to access their historical habitats.
June 27, 2019 - Feature Story ,

Oregon Coastal Habitat Project Restores Coho and Reduces Flooding

The Southern Flow Corridor project, which restored salmon habitat in Tillamook, Oregon, also provides flood protection for surrounding communities.
April 04, 2019 - Feature Story ,
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The Estuary Restoration Act

Estuaries are defined as the areas where the river meets the sea. These unique transitional areas absorb floods and tides, filter water, and provide a home for people and fish. The Estuary Restoration Act has made our nation's estuaries a national…

Estuary Habitat

Estuaries are bodies of water where rivers meet the sea. They provide homes for diverse wildlife, including popular fish species. They also support recreation, jobs, tourism, shipping, and more.