Data Depot, Harbor Estuary Program, New York-New Jersey
Data Center Description
The Harbor Estuary Program (HEP) is a National Estuary Program authorized in 1987 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The program is a multi-year effort to develop and implement a plan to protect, conserve, and restore the estuary. Participants in the program include representatives from local, state, and federal environmental agencies, scientists, citizens, business interests, environmentalists, and others.
The New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary was designated and "Estuary of National Significance" in 1988 by the US Environmental Protection Agency, in response to a request by the two state Governors. The HEP was convened as a partnership of federal, state, and local governments; scientists; civic and environmental advocates; the fishing community; business and labor leaders; and educators (called the Management Conference).
The mission of the Conference was to develop a plan to protect and restore the Estuary. In 1987, Congress also required the preparation of a restoration plan for the New York Bight, the ocean area extending approximately 100 miles beyond Harbor waters. Because the Harbor and Bight are inextricably linked within the larger ecosystem, the two plans were joined.