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.

Tackling Debris in Ohio

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 the coastal “marine debris” that threatens local water quality and wildlife.

Re-envisioning Conservation Science

Something happens when you step into the cool, dark mud of a loʻi kalo (wetland agroecosystem). You slow down. For the members of 16 Tribal Nations, Reserve staff, and partners who traveled to Hawaiʻi’s Heʻeia Reserve last April, it was the perfect way to begin a conversation about how to indigenize conservation science.

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

Putting Down Roots for Future Forests

A typical summer field day for Kirsten Rhude begins by driving to the boat launch, filling a canoe with birch, cedar, and maple tree saplings, and paddling through the St. Louis River Estuary …

DC Download: June 2024

Just in! The House Natural Resources, Water, Wildlife and Fisheries Subcommittee has scheduled a June 27th hearing for the House bill to reauthorize the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA).

Re-envisioning Conservation Science

For the members of 16 Tribal Nations, Reserve staff, and partners who traveled to Hawaiʻi’s Heʻeia Reserve last April, stepping into a loʻi kalo was the perfect way to begin a conversation with wide-ranging implications—how to indigenize conservation science.

Sign of Summer: Teachers on the Estuary!

A sure sign of summer has arrived: California’s Elkhorn Slough Reserve is converting the estuary into a classroom for teacher training! They held their first Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) workshop of the season in May.

Welcome 2024 Davidson Fellows!

NOAA has announced the third cohort of Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellows! This unique national program offers graduate students the opportunity to conduct collaborative research that supports community needs.

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.”

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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.