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NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS)

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NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS)

Acronym:  NERRS

Description:  The National Estuarine Research Reserves System is a network of 27 areas representing different biogeographic regions of the United States that are protected for long-term research, water-quality monitoring, education and coastal stewardship. Established by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, the reserve system is a partnership program between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the coastal states. NOAA provides funding, national guidance and technical assistance. Each reserve is managed on daily basis by a lead state agency or university, with input from local partners. Reserve staff work with local communities and regional groups to address natural resource management issues, such as non-point source pollution, habitat restoration and invasive species. Through integrated research and education, the reserves help communities develop strategies to deal successfully with these coastal resource issues. Reserves provide adult audiences with training on estuarine issues of concern in their local communities. They offer field classes for K-12 students and support teachers through professional development programs in marine education. Reserves also provide long-term water quality monitoring as well as opportunities for both scientists and graduate students to conduct research in a “living laboratory.”

Web Site:  http://nerrs.noaa.gov/

Duration:  01/01/1972 to present  (as of 10/25/2012)

Contact Name:  Marie Bundy

Contact Email:  Marie.Bundy@noaa.gov

Contact Web Url:  http://nerrs.noaa.gov/contactus.html

Mission Statement:  To practice and promote coastal and estuarine stewardship through innovative research and education, using a system of protected areas.

News Web Url:  http://www8.nos.noaa.gov/publicnerrs/newshome.aspx

Monitoring Programs:  
Ace Basin NERR Monitoring Program
Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR Monitoring Program
North Carolina NERR Monitoring Program
North Inlet Winyah Bay Monitoring Program
Sapelo Island NERR Monitoring Program

Monitoring Stations:  58 stations are registered in the database (search/display)

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