This June, we held up the NERRS banner during Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), the nation’s premier annual conference examining current marine, coastal, and Great Lakes policy issues.
While there, we worked on outreach strategies with colleagues from national NGOs, including the IOOS Association, the Ocean Conservancy, Oceana, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Coastal States Organization, and American Shoreline and Beach Preservation. Reserves have a unique capacity to support outreach for all coastal programs by providing a place that people can visit and see the collective impact of our work.
NERRA is continuing to support the Estuary Caucus in the House of Representatives. We met with staff from the offices of Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oregon) and Bill Posey (R-Florida) to discuss the Caucus. We also met with Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and the Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP) to confirm the third House Estuaries Caucus Briefing to focus on public/private partnerships that support estuaries. It is tentatively scheduled for July 20th
NERRA is working to insure that the support reserves enjoy from voters is evident to Congressional and Administrative leadership. In June, we met with staff from the Senate Minority and Majority Commerce, Justice, Senate, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee and the Office of Management and Budget Examiner, as well as with National Ocean Service Director Russell Calendar and Deputy Director Nicole Le Boeuf.