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.

Time to Invest in Marshes Is Now

A NERRS-led study has found that 22 percent of tidal marshes in the continental United States should be high priorities for conservation, while 17.5 percent are not likely to survive as sea levels rise. This is helping communities prioritize project investments.

Request for DEIJA Facilitation Support

NERRA is seeking facilitation services to support a National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice and Accessibility (DEIJA) Workgroup and inform a Strategic Plan for the Reserve System.

News from Around the System

Time to Invest in Marshes Is Now

A NERRS-led study has found that 22 percent of tidal marshes in the continental United States should be high priorities for conservation, while 17.5 percent are not likely to survive as sea levels rise.

Making Way for Ocean State Marshes

Rhode Island is a small state with big problems. Along its 400+ miles of low lying coastline, many communities are grappling with rising seas and increased flooding …

DC Download: April 2024

Last week in DC, the NERRA Board came out in a full court press and learned that support for the Reserve System and the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) is growing!

Investing in the Next Generation

As the United States makes historic federal investments in coastal resilience, training up the next generation of coastal professionals is a top priority. Fortunately, there are 30—soon to be 33—Reserves around the country …

On the Road to Carbon Markets in Alaska

When it comes to carbon storage, the peatlands of the lower Kenai Peninsula punch way above their weight. Trapped beneath the not quite liquid/not quite solid surface of these vast, spongy wetlands …

Request for DEIJA Facilitation Support

NERRA is seeking facilitation services to support a National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice and Accessibility (DEIJA) Workgroup and inform a Strategic Plan for the Reserve System.

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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.