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National Estuary Program (NEP)

Progress Evaluation of the National Estuary Program

Cover Page of the National Estuary Program: Program Evaluation Guidance, Final August 3, 2016To assess NEP progress in achieving long-term program goals, EPA conducts a Program Evaluation for each NEP. EPA developed NEP Program Evaluation Guidance that covers how to assess the effectiveness of NEP actions. The Guidance presented below includes performance measures, describes a process for conducting site visits, and provides a feedback loop which helps ensure that recommendations for improvement are implemented. 

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