Established in 1991, the mission of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is the preservation and restoration of the Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine system, the 4.2 million acre region between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers. The BTNEP strives to rebuild and protect the estuary for future generations through the implementation of a science-based, consensus-driven plan that utilizes partnerships focused on the estuary's rich cultural, economic, and natural resources.

The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program is one of the 28 congressionally-mandated National Estuary Programs created under the Clean Water Act to identify, restore and protect nationally significant estuaries of the United States.

Field of Focus
Habitat, Living Resources, Water Quality, Cultural Heritage, and Economic Development of the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuarine Complex