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$4 million awarded for community-driven science

Aug 26, 2021 | Reserves

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative awarded $4 million for 12 projects at 15 Reserves in 11 coastal states. These research and knowledge transfer projects will tackle a range of community priorities, including water quality monitoring, flood resilience planning, eelgrass management, and science literacy.

“These projects reflect the truly interdisciplinary work of the NERRS,” said Dr. Jennifer Read, Director of the University of Michigan (U-M) Water Center and coordinator of the NOAA-supported NERRS Science Collaborative. “We are particularly excited to see indigenous partners bringing their knowledge and priorities to several projects, allowing the teams to integrate social, cultural, and even spiritual values into their work.”

When science is informed by the needs of local communities, it is a powerful tool for protecting people and places along America’s coasts. The NERRS Science Collaborative leverages the ability of Reserves to bring community decision makers and scientists together to find actionable solutions to manage the impacts of climate change and other coastal urgent challenges.

“The Reserve approach to collaborative science delivers knowledge and tools where and when they’re needed most,” says Rebecca Roth, executive director for the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA). “Through a national network dedicated to sharing scientific knowledge and tools, research from one site strengthens all Reserves and the communities they serve. The NERRS Science Collaborative is a unique national program that helps coastal communities answer real world problems that make a difference. ”

Since 2009, nearly 150 NERRS collaborative research and science transfer projects have helped coastal communities protect and restore important habitats, keep water clean, enhance local economies, and be better prepared to manage our changing coasts.

You can find a list and map of the new projects with a summary on the NERRS Science Collaborative’s website and explore products and tools developed by Collaborative-supported projects.

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