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.
A big thank you to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse for helping pass National Estuaries Week resolutions this month, Bill Posey, Suzanne Bonamici, Rick Larson, and Brian Mast for supporting in the House, and members of Congress for signing.
Earlier this month the Senate passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which includes $77 million for National Estuarine Research Reserves to implement coastal habitat restoration projects to provide ecosystem and community resilience benefits.
The House Appropriations Committee passed their FY2022 appropriations bill on July 15th with $30.5M for NERRS Operations (a $2M increase from FY2021) and $4M for NERRS PAC (a $500k decrease from FY2021).