About BTNEP (bĭt-něp)
On September 13, 1990, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Louisiana committed to a cooperative agreement under the National Estuary Program to form the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP).
A partnership of all the stakeholders of the Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine complex was created including government, business, scientists, conservation organizations, agricultural interests and individuals called the Management Conference.
The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program operates under the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP). The plan includes the implementation of science-based, consensus-driven actions that utilize partnerships focused on the estuary’s rich cultural, economic, and natural resources.
Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan
These following goals provide the basis for all plans found in the CCMP:
- Preserve and restore wetlands and barrier islands
- Support diverse, natural biological communities
- Develop and meet water quality standards that protect both estuarine resources and human health
- Promote environmentally responsible economic activities that sustain estuarine resources
- Generate national recognition and support
- Implement comprehensive education and awareness programs that enhance public involvement and maintain cultural heritage
- Create an accessible, comprehensive database with interpreted information for the public
- Create clear, fair, practical, and enforceable regulations
- Develop and maintain multi-level, long-term, comprehensive watershed planning
- Be compatible with natural processes
- Forge common-ground solutions to estuarine problems
- Formulate indicators of estuarine ecosystem health and balance estuary use