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Reducing Our Risk
Organization: Restore America's Estuaries
Dedicated to the protection and restoration of bays and estuaries as essential resources for our nation, Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2015, RAE leads an alliance of eleven community-based conservation organizations working to protect and restore the vital resources of our nation’s estuaries. RAE works through these members and local community volunteers to perform on-the-ground conservation and restoration work at the local level, while also working nationally to build support for protection of coastal lands and waters, and raise awareness of the threats they face. Among our top strategic priorities is to increase the use of Living Shorelines, a set of shoreline protection options that increase flood storage capacity, and protect against erosion and storm damage through the strategic placement and site-specific combination of plants, stone, and/or sand fill. By encouraging and facilitating the broader use of Living Shorelines, RAE will better prepare our nation’s coastal communities to be more resilient against the impacts of the increased flooding, erosion, and storm surge that will result from rising sea levels and intensifying storms.