Each location within the National Estuary Program is required by the Clean Water Act to develop and implement a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). The purpose of these CCMPs is to define the priority issues facing the health of the respective estuaries and watersheds and present action plans to effectively address those issues. CCMPs set ambitious, but achievable, long-term targets to restore America's iconic waterways.
TEP's revised CCMP is an action agenda for the upcoming decade (2019-2029). This document utilizes the original CCMP (1999) as its foundation along with assessments of what has been completed, what is ongoing, what new issues have emerged, and what has lost relevance over the past 20 years. Three new goals, which apply across TEP's entire focus area, have been developed for the revised CCMP:
TEP will work with its partners to prioritize activities based on critical gaps, relevancy, resources, and funding. TEP recognizes that as conditions change so will the CCMP implementation strategies: the CCMP is meant to be a dynamic blueprint for clean water, healthy habitats, abundant wildlife, and vibrant communities.