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Coastal America & the

Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership

Patmarie S. Nedelka & Carla Logan

November 2006


Department of AgricultureDepartment of the Air Force

Department of the ArmyDepartment of Commerce

Department of DefenseDepartment of Energy

Department of Housing & Department of Interior

Urban DevelopmentDepartment of the Navy

Department of StateDepartment of Transportation Environmental Protection AgencyExecutive Office of the President


The Partnership

State & Local Governments Over 400 partners

Non-Governmental Organizations & Corporations Over 600 partners


The Purpose

  • Protect, preserve and restore the nation's coastal ecosystems through

    existing federal capabilities and authorities

  • Collaborate and cooperate in the stewardship of coastal living resources

    • Coordinate federal efforts

    • Integrate federal, state, local and non-governmental efforts

  • Provide a framework for action

    • Focus agency expertise

    • Focus agency resources

    • Produce environmental results

  • National Level-- Policy Formulation

  • Principals Group

  • National Implementation Team

  • National Coordination Office

  • Regional Level -- Planning Process

  • Regional Principals Group

  • Regional Implementation Teams

  • Local Level-- Project Implementation

  • Local Project Teams


Organizational Structure


National & Regional Structure










Corporate Wetlands

Restoration Partnership

What is it?

A restoration program that is a collaborative effort between the federal government, state agencies and private corporations and non-profits.

Sagamore Marsh Restoration, MA

How Does it Work?

Companies contribute funds and services to match funding for aquatic habitat restoration, education and research projects.

Gulkana River Pedestrian Overlook, AK

CWRP Partners

Corporate Partners

Over 270 corporations

(e.g. manufacturing, energy, legal, etc.)

Coastal America

13 Federal & 27 State Agencies

Non-Governmental Partners

Over 125 organizations, universities and associations

(e.g. The Nature Conservancy, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Atlantic

Salmon Commission, Ramsar Secretariat)

Participating Foundations

Coastal America Foundation & United Nations Foundation

Lynde Point, CT

Duke Energy, Chair



FMC Corporation

The Gillette Company, Vice Chair


Restore America’s Estuaries

The Nature Conservancy

National Sponsor

National Association of Manufacturers

National-Level Management Subcommittee

Circa 1890

Dingley Island, ME

Regional Corporate Leaders

New England - The Gillette Company

Mid-Atlantic - Public Service Enterprise Group

Gulf of Mexico – Duke Energy

Alaska – BP Exploration

California – BBL

Southeast – Oldcastle & CH2M Hill

Northwest -- Battelle

Regional Level

Smelt Hill Dam Removal, ME

State Corporate Leaders

Alaska – BP Exploration & LGL

California – BBL & Oldcastle

Connecticut – Northeast Utilities & Duracell

Delaware – Conectiv Energy

Georgia – Oldcastle & CH2M Hill

Maryland – Constellation Energy

Massachusetts – The Gillette Company

Maine – Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline

New Hampshire – Jacques Whitford &

Public Service New Hampshire (PSNH)

New Jersey – Public Service Enterprise Group

New York – National Grid & Louis Berger

Rhode Island – ESS Group & Narragansett Electric Company

Texas – Duke Energy & ENSR

Virginia – Smithfield & Hunton and Williams

State Level

San Jacinto, TX

CWRP Development Status

Active (board established & projects selected or completed):


Under Development:

CA, LA, MD, MS, OR, WA, etc

Preliminary Activities:

FL, HI, MO, NC, TN, others

CWRP Projects

Over 160 Projects

CWRP is Making a Difference

In Texas, employees of Duke Energy volunteered labor to restore oyster reef in Galveston Bay.

In Rhode Island, the CWRP provided the cash needed to make a $1.4M project happen

Almost 20,000 acres and 3,000 stream miles restored

Benefits to the Government

  • Provides Matching Funds for Federal Dollars

  • Expedites Project Implementation

  • Promotes Environmental Awareness in Private Sector

  • Builds Trust and Working Relationships

  • Improves Communications with Corporations

  • Expands Public-Private Partnership

Pilgrim Trail Dam Removal, MA

Benefits To Companies

  • Voluntary and Flexible Program

  • Significant Environmental Returns

  • Leveraged Return on Environmental


  • Broad Choice from a menu of Projects

  • Positive Public Relations

  • Enhanced Community


  • Improves Communications

    with Agencies

  • Efficient Administration

  • EHJV leading efforts in Canada:

    • First Project Accomplished in Nova Scotia Province with support of Maritimes

    • Informational Meetings Occurring in Other Provinces

  • State Department, United Nations Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and

    The Gillette Company Designing Program for Developing Countries:

    • Small Projects Funded Through Ramsar

    • Large Projects Funded Through United Nations Foundation

    • Demonstration Project Launched in Mexico in 2005

  • US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and Duke Energy-Gas Transmission

    • Northeast Mexican States

International Efforts


Established: March 2005

Leadership :

Smithfield Foods & Honeywell

Partners: 10

Projects: 1



Fall 2006/Winter 2007 (proposed)

Leadership :

Constellation Energy

Partners: 2

Projects: 1

CWRP Call for Engagement

  • The CWRP Is:

  • A Strategic Partnership

  • An Example of Cooperative Conservation

  • Expanding to Other States

  • Seeking Additional Corporate Involvement

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