National Estuarine Research Reserve

Project Description
The National Estuarine Research Reserve System protects more
than one million acres of estuarine habitat, conducts essential
research and provides a variety of educational
opportunities. Individual National Estuarine Research Reserves
focus on local and regional research and educational needs, but
as a national network, there are also many system-wide
programs. These programs provide reserves with common research
standards and educational goals.

The National Estuarine Research Reserves System helps to fulfill
NOAA's stewardship mission to sustain healthy coasts by
improving the nation's understanding and stewardship of
estuaries. Established by the Coastal Zone Management Act of
1972, as amended, the reserve system is a network of 25
protected areas that represent different biogeographic regions
of the United States.

Each reserve is a "living laboratory" in which scientists
conduct research and educators communicate research
results. Reserve staff members work with local communities and
regional groups to address natural resource management issues,
such as nonpoint 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.


Theresa Eisenman

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