The National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA) is a nonprofit established in 1987 to advance the work of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). Reserves and their friends groups rely on NERRA to strengthen the national network and help Reserves address the challenges facing estuaries and coastal communities. (Read more about NERRA’s roots & shoots.) 

NERRA communicates Reserve funding needs and priorities to Congress and federal agencies, enhances Reserve programs and projects, and educates the public about estuaries. We also work with our partners at NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management to provide support for Reserves impacted by disasters and hazards. Learn more about NERRA’s work to support Reserves in our 101.

NERRA’s staff is directed by a governing board of Reserve managers and representatives of the NERRS research, education, coastal training, stewardship, and friends group communities.

NERRA’s Partners

Digital Coast Partnership

NERRA partners with NOAA’s Office of Coastal Management and seven national NGOs to deliver data, tools, and resources for coastal management to states and communities through the Digital Coast web portal. The Partnership works to unify and coordinate national NGOs working on coastal management issues through conferences, webinars, workshops, and meetings to give coastal professionals a forum to collaborate on key coastal issues.The Partnership includes these organizations:

 American Planning Association
 Association of State Floodplain Managers
 Coastal States Organization
 National Association of Counties
 National Estuarine Research Reserve Association
 National States Geographic Information Council
 The Nature Conservancy
 Urban Land Institute
 NOAA Office for Coastal Management