About BTNEP (bĭt-něp)
estuary (n) - A coastal area where salt water from the ocean mixes with fresh water from rivers, rainfall, and upland runoff. Within the estuary, salt and fresh water proportions differ daily depending on the season, weather, and tides. Vital coastal ecosystems exist in these constantly changing conditions. For more information about estuaries: Click Here
The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is one of 28 National Estuary Programs throughout the United States and its territories. The National Estuary Program was established by Congress through section 320 of the Clean Water Act or 1987. The Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine complex became a National Estuary in 1990. For more information about BTNEP: Click Here
The Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine complex encompasses the 4.2 million acres of wetlands, ridges, forests, farmlands, and communities between the Mississippi and Atchafalaya River Basins in southeast Louisiana. For more information about the location of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary: Click Here
Upon inclusion in the National Estuary Program, a diverse group of stakeholders was assembled including government, business, scientists, conservation organizations, agricultural interest, and individuals. This group is known as the Management Conference and it ensures a place for the voice of all that live, work, and play in the Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine complex. For more information about the Management Conference: Click Here
The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program operates under the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). The CCMP was developed by consensus of the Management Conference members following a five year collaborative effort. A formal management plan with specific action plans was developed to promote and preserve the Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine complex. For more information about the CCMP: Click Here
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