30 Places to Discover, a Community to Join

Every National Estuarine Research Reserve begins with the passion of someone like you. At 30 Reserves—soon to be 32—thousands of us have to come together to form community and build resilience around the places we love. Join us.

36K Heroes

who support Reserves and their mission

48M+ Data Points

Tracking water quality, habitat health, storm damage, and more every year

1.4M Acres

protected, natural lands along the coast

Reserves in Action

Stories from the front lines of a changing coast.

Saving the Sound with History

Lola Jalbert, NERRA’s cub reporter, catches up with Meg Shah, undergraduate intern at the Connecticut Reserve, to talk about modern lawns and historic eelgrass, why the Reserve is a sweet spot for undergraduate scientists, and why climate doom isn’t always the answer.

Jobos Bay Reserve + Boricorps = Win-Win

Seven years after Hurricane Maria, the Jobos Bay Reserve bears scars from the storm. True to form, they are using the damage to do what Reserves do best: collaborate on solutions and create learning opportunities along the way.

Building Community Resilience

Reserves are putting funding from the the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Infrastructure Reduction Act to work on behalf of coastal communities and the natural infrastructure that is their best defense against the impacts of climate change.

News from Around the System

Tackling Debris on Ohio’s Lake Erie

Along Lake Erie’s Ohio coast, change is happening and its epicenter is the Old Woman Creek Reserve. With Reserve training and support, six volunteer teams are monitoring and removing coastal “marine debris.”

Saving the Sound with History

Lola Jalbert, NERRA’s cub reporter, catches up with Meg Shah, recent graduate from the University of Connecticut and undergraduate intern at the Connecticut Reserve. They talked about modern lawns and historic eelgrass, …

DC Download: May 2024

Now is the time to tell your members of Congress to support funding for America’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System! Your elected officials are working on the FY 2025 budgets for programs like the NERRS …

Jobos Bay Reserve + Boricorps = Win-Win

Seven years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the Jobos Bay Reserve bears scars from the storm. Dead mangroves and the blue tarp covering the office are just two reminders of the work yet to be done.

Talk NERRdy to Me: Empress Holliday

This month, NERRA’s insidious investigator Nik Charov interviewed Empress Holliday, Coastal Training Program Associate and Research Assistant at the Tijuana River Reserve. They talked about justice and cooperation in an empire that contains both trash and hope.

NOAA Recommends $123 Million for Coastal Resilience

Today, champions for coastal resilience in Maine gathered to applaud NOAA’s recommendation of $123 million in funding to support NERRS and CZM programs.

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NERRA’S MISSION

Reserves and their friends groups rely on NERRA to help enhance successful programs, strengthen the network, and enable reserves to better address challenges to our nation’s estuaries, coasts, and communities. NERRA communicates the funding needs and priorities of Reserves to Congress and federal agencies and educates the general public about the importance of estuaries and coasts.