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.

Finding Common Ground on Padilla Bay

Thanks to $2.3 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding, the Padilla Bay Reserve acquired land that could catalyze a saltmarsh revival in the region and model combining restoration with strategies to protect people and infrastructure.

The Kachemak Sponge

With a transformational grant from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the City of Homer is working with the Kachemak Bay Reserve to acquire 55 acres of peatlands and design a system to channel its stormwater there for storage and filtration.

News from Around the System

Friends Support Bird’s Eye View of Rookery Bay

The Rookery Bay Reserve welcomed their 2024 “avian” intern, Zach Matchinski, thanks to the new Sue Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund. Established by the Friends of Rookery Bay to memorialize Miller’s many contributions …

The Kachemak Sponge

Like many coastal communities, the City of Homer is experiencing the mixed blessings of growth. While development can have positive economic impacts, it also taxes municipal resources and affects quality of life.

Finding Common Ground on Padilla Bay

In the mid-1800s, more than 7,000 acres of tidal marsh thrived in Washington’s Padilla Bay. Today there are fewer than 220. With $2.3 million in NOAA funding, the Padilla Bay Reserve …

Talk NERRdy to Me: Jeff Dutrow

This month, NERRA’s correspondent-at-large Nik Charov interviewed Jeff Dutrow, education coordinator at Florida’s Apalachicola Reserve. They spoke of organizing wonders and pedagogues’ blunders, the power of music and questions to transform land and minds, and …

DC Download: February 2024

Last week, NERRA and our Digital Coast Partners briefed congressional staff on the importance of delivering digital tools to our communities. Cirse Gonzalez, coastal training program coordinator at Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Reserve, presented …

One Step Closer to Another Reserve!

Great news about Wiscconsin’s proposed new Bay of Green Bay Reserve: NOAA has determined that the final nomination package meets all regulatory requirements. Now the State of Wisconsin and NOAA can …

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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.