GPRA Map and Reports

Buzzards Bay NEP GPRA Map

Location of habitat protection and restoration efforts where the BBNEP provided some level of technical or financial support (2003-2013; 2001-2002 not shown). Click on a point for more information.

GPRA Report Requirements

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to conform to the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), and measure the performance or progress toward the agency’s goals. EPA adopted the following goal and objective for National Estuary Programs, including the Buzzards Bay NEP:

Goal #2:Clean and Safe Water
Objective #2 under that goal is as follows: By 2005, conserve and enhance the ecological health of the nation’s (state, interstate and tribal) waters and aquatic ecosystems – – rivers and streams, lakes, wetlands, estuaries, coastal areas, oceans and groundwaters – – so that 75% of waters support healthy aquatic communities.

Sub-objective 2.1
By 2005, restore and protect watersheds so that 75% of waters support healthy watersheds as shown by comprehensive assessment of the nation’s watersheds. One of EPA’s Annual Planning Goals is to restore and protect estuaries through the implementation of Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plans. Success in meeting this Annual Planning Goal is measured through Annual Planning Measures.

To conform to GPRA, the measures adopted by the EPA in 2001 were:

  • the number of priority actions initiated across the NEP, and
  • the acres of habitat protected and restored.



With respect to the habitat measure, NEPs have been asked to report those acres protected or restored during the reporting period. The information is included in each NEP’s GPRA reports. Note that these projects are those where the BBNEP had some level of either financial or technical support. In general, the municipalities, area lands trusts, or the Buzzards Bay Coalition was the lead on the effort.

BBNEP 2002 GPRA Report (259 kb pdf)

BBNEP 2003 GPRA Report (323 kb pdf)

BBNEP 2004 GPRA Report (207 kb pdf)

After 2004, paper report submission to EPA was replaced by an online reporting mechanism, called the National Estuary Program OnLine Reporting Tool. To view of all our recent submissions betweeen 2001 and 2009, go to the NEPORT website.

The above interactive map shows all reported projects between 2003 and 2013 (2003 to 2005 data is incomplete; 2001-2002 data is not shown). Zoom in and click on a dot for more information. The points are the geographic center of the parcel, and not necessarily the precise location of any restoration activity or protected area.