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APNEP collaborates with diverse partners to identify, protect, and restore the significant resources of the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system.

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Soundings Blog

A fresh take on the Albemarle-Pamlico region's salty affairs

Protecting North Carolina's Coastal Habitats with Jimmy Johnson

By: Kelsey Ellis, Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership

Published July 13, 2017

  The 2016 CHPP's priority habitat issues. Clockwise from top left: living shorelines, oyster restoration, developing metrics, and sedimentation.
 
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, is that how it goes?” chuckles Jimmy Johnson, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership’s (APNEP’s) Coastal Habitats Coordinator.
 
He’s referring to North Carolina’s Coastal Habitat Protection Plan, called the CHPP (pronounced like the “chip” in a chocolate chip cookie) for short. Since its adoption in 2004, the goal of the CHPP has been “the long term enhancement of coastal fisheries associated with coastal habitats” – a.k.a, protecting coastal habitats to protect North Carolina’s commercial and recreational fisheries, estimated to be valued in the billions of dollars. Its success has spurred other states to look into similar plans. “We were the first state in the nation to do anything like this,” Jimmy says. “I know that a lot of other states have been very interested - some states have tried to do something similar.”
 

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APNEP can help get your environmental initiative off the ground, whether it is related to restoration, science, education, engagement, or policy. The first steps? Take a look at our CCMP and learn about our program, approach, and priorities. Then, contact a staff member to discuss ways that APNEP and its partners can support your efforts.

 
 

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Sound Reflections:
APNEP's 30th Anniversary 2017

Telling the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership Story

The United States Congress designated the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system an "estuary of national significance" in 1987. That same year, the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine Study (APES) was among the first of 28 National Estuary Programs established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through amendments to the Clean Water Act. To help commemorate our 30th Anniversary, we are highlighting the history of APNEP by featuring our partners-past and present-throughout 2017. 

Sound Reflections with Marjorie Rayburn

NC Cooperative Extension Agent (Retired)

APNEP Service: Chowan River Basin Council, 1997 - 2002; Policy Board, 2002 - 2012; Albemarle Citizen Advisory Committee, 2006 - 2012; Ecosystem-Based Management Transition Team, 2011
Published June 26, 2017
 
 

 The Ecosystem-Based Management Transition Team, 2011.

Retired NC Cooperative Extension Agent Marjorie Rayburn has been involved with APNEP in many capacities, from helping to forge APNEP's current CCMP as a member of the Ecosystem-Based Management Transition Team, to starting a "Water Quality Stewards" program as chair of the Chowan River Basin Council. Throughout, Marjorie has been committed to sticking up for the importance of education and outreach efforts as a component of APNEP's vision.

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Estuaries of National Significance

APNEP is part of the National Estuary Program (NEP), an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) place-based program to protect and restore the water quality and ecological integrity of estuaries of national significance. 

· EPA's National Estuary Program (NEP)

· Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP)

 
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