The President’s FY 2023 budget is now in the hands of Congress, and it is up to us to get the funding increases needed for the NERRS. The NERRS budgets for OPS and PAC cannot be left to chance.
We encourage all Reserve Friends, volunteers, and partners across our estuaries to join with NERRA in making a case for a FY 2023 budget that supports the science, data, education, training, and conservation needed by our communities and our nation.
The NERRS is time-tested, mission ready, and growing. In support of that, NERRA has put forward a $42.5M NERRS operations budget request for FY 2023.
It’s sometimes said that Reserves are “the best kept secret in Coastal management.” In our books, 2021 will go down as the year that changed and we can’t thank you enough.
Thank you to President Biden for signing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and to Congress for their bipartisan support. This means $77M for NERRS restoration and conservation over five years—that’s $15M per year!
NERRA enthusiastically applauds Senate Appropriations leaders and the entire committee on its FY 2022 Appropriations Bill, which included an increase of $5.5M for a total budget of $34M.