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Restore America’s Estuaries is dedicated to the protection and restoration of bays and estuaries as essential resources for our nation.


Originally conceived with support from the Pew Charitable Trusts to focus on actions that would directly restore estuarine habitats, Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) was created in 1995 by nine nonprofit, community-based conservation organizations working to save our coastal heritage. In 1997, the group added two more partners for a total of eleven member organizations. From 1995 until shortly after it was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia on December 14, 1999, RAE operated as a project of the American Littoral Society. In June 2000, the IRS granted RAE status as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. (To see a timeline of our history, Click Here)

RAE Today

Today, RAE member organizations restore coastal habitats in 11 estuaries and 16 states nationwide. Because our member groups stretch from Maine to California, we have unmatched national reach and effectiveness. Our projects restore coastal wetlands, open fish passages, remove invasive species, build living shorelines, transplant seagrasses, re-plant salt marshes, and restore shellfish habitat.

As the leader of a national alliance, we are a powerful force for coastal habitat restoration in the nation’s capital. We provide a unified voice for coastal conservation in Washington D.C., and advance the science and practice of habitat restoration through on-the-ground projects, groundbreaking science, high-level meetings, and our biennial National Conference.

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