On April 15, the House of Representatives approved the Clean Estuaries Act of 2010 (H.R. 4715), a bill to reauthorize and amend the National Estuary Program at a level of $50 million annually for fiscal years 2011-2015. The program, established in 1987 under the Clean Water Act, is intended to protect water quality and native species, allow for recreational activities, and require control of both point and nonpoint sources of pollution in selected estuaries designated as having national significance. The bill would amend the program to clarify that it reaches beyond the estuaries themselves, with a legislative reference to associated upstream waters to be addressed by each estuary plan. The bill also would impose a new requirement that the EPA administrator evaluate the implementation of each estuary management plan every four years. A management plan is put together through a conference that includes federal agencies, state and local officials, affected industries, educational institutions, and members of the general public, as deemed appropriate by the EPA administrator. The legislation would require that an update of the estuary's management plan be submitted to the EPA administrator within 18 months of the administrator's quadrennial evaluation.