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Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
The National Estuary Program (NEP) was established by Congress through section 320 of the Clean Water Act in 1987 and is administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. The goal of the National Estuary Program is to prevent activities that:

-threaten an estuary’s public water supply
-are harmful to shellfish, fish and wildlife populations
-negatively impact recreational opportunities for estuary residents

Coastal and Marine Geology Program-USGS

Coastal Protection and Restoration-State of Louisiana

Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act
The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act, (CWPPRA pronounced kwǐp-rŭh), is federal legislation enacted in 1990 that is designed to identify, prepare, and fund construction of coastal wetlands restoration projects. Since its inception, 151 coastal restoration or protection projects have been authorized, benefiting over 110,000 acres in Louisiana. The legislation (Public Law 101-646, Title III CWPPRA) was approved by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by former President George H. W. Bush.

Health and Environmental Research Online (HERO)
The Health and Environmental Research Online (HERO) database provides an easy way to access and influence the scientific literature behind EPA science assessments.

Louisiana SeaGrant – Louisiana’s fisheries touch the people of Louisiana every day, providing food, recreation, and employment to all ages in all parts of the state. Through this website, all of Louisiana’s fishermen, women and children can find information about Louisiana’s species, gear, regulations, and the environment that support them. Louisiana Sea Grant specialists and agents from the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center are dedicated to sustaining these fisheries and their environments.

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)
The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) was formed in 1979 to increase society’s awareness of the environmental, economic and cultural value of Louisiana’s coastal and marine environments by conducting research and education programs directly relevant to Louisiana’s needs in marine science and coastal resources and serving as a facility for all Louisiana schools with interest in marine research and education.

NOAA: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
NCCOS was formed within the National Ocean Service (NOS) in March 1999 as the focal point for coastal ocean science. Our research areas and strategy were selected in response to Federal legislation, stakeholder input, and in concert with our scientific expertise and capabilities. We work with the NOS Coastal Ocean Science Board to identify coastal management needs and to prioritize our efforts

NOAA: National Marine Fisheries Service
The NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation protects, restores, and promotes stewardship of coastal and marine habitat to support our nation’s fisheries for future generations.

Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex
There are eight National Wildlife Refuges in the Southeast Louisiana (SELA) Refuges Complex. The mission of these refuges and the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of  lands and waters for the conservation, management and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. These refuges are representative of the rich and varied habitat and wildlife resources of the coastal region of the state. They are part of a network of over 540 refuges throughout the country that are administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS).

USGS National Wetlands Research Center
This branch of the USGS Library collection covers natural science topics with a focus on the biological sciences. Holdings support research in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, ecology, habitats, plant communities, soil science, climate science, and limnology with an emphasis on domestic and international wetlands. Special collections include the Robert G. Wetzel Collection in wetland ecology and limnology, the Jacob Valentine Archival Collection covering historical wildlife refuges located in Louisiana and Mississippi, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Biological Service, and USGS Biological Resources Discipline reports. The library is located in the National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana.


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Louisiana wetlands

Wetland conservation Louisiana

Coast changes Louisiana

Shore protection Louisiana

Beach erosion Louisiana

Gulf Coast Environmental Conditions

Estuarine Ecology

Estuarine area conservation Louisiana


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