In order to demonstrate support for key federal programs that benefit estuaries and to raise awareness of these programs, Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA), and the Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP) are joining forces. They are celebrating Valentine’s Day through a joint, 3-day “I heart estuaries” campaign. Demonstrating support for funding key programs like: USFWS’ Coastal program, EPA’s National Estuary Program, NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System, and NOAA’s community-based restoration program, has never been more important.

This Valentine’s Day, show your support and appreciation for estuaries. Let people know that protecting estuaries means protecting our future. Please use hashtag: #iheartestuaries in your social media to spread the word. The #iheartestuaries campaign runs February 11 – 14, 2015.