About the Program

The Pensacola and Perdido Bays Estuary Program (PPBEP) was established in 2018 after securing a $2 million competitive grant from the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gulf of Mexico Program.

The $2 million grant will be used to stand-up the program and develop a Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP), or a long-term strategic plan, which will be a fully vetted roadmap for the restoration and preservation of Pensacola and Perdido Bays.

PPBEP is the successor to the Bay Area Resource Council (BARC), which was founded in 1989 for the restoration and preservation of Pensacola and Perdido Bays. As water does not follow political boundaries, PPBEP is a coalition of local, state and federal stakeholders from two states, four counties and nine municipalities.

The Policy Board is the final decision-making body of the program and is supported by three committees; Technical, Education and Business Partnership. Committee members provide technical expertise and local insight to the Policy Board to aid in the decision-making process. Committee membership is open to the public and all meetings are publicly advertised.