DC Download: March 2024

Mar 7, 2024

Late on March 3rd, House and Senate Appropriations Chairs and Ranking Members released details of an omnibus, comprising six FY 2024 funding bills, including the one for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, which includes funding for the NERRS and other coastal and ocean programs. 

In the omnibus, the NERRS Operations line is $33.3 million—an $800,000 increase from FY 2023. The NERRS PAC line remained level at $8.5M. The bill included language to allow up to a 50% state match waiver of PAC funds. The bill must pass the House and Senate before it goes to the President to be signed into law.

Thank you to all the Reserve friends and partners around the country who came together to make the #IHeartEstuaries social media campaign such a success. Your many posts, pictures, and videos rolled up into one big message to Congress: the estuaries Reserves protect are close to our hearts. 

Later this month, the NERRA Board will be in DC, and many of us will have the opportunity to talk with congressional members about how Reserves support their communities. We will take this opportunity to share our funding request for the NERRS FY 2025 budget: $47M for operations (ORF) and $10M for PAC. Increased funding is critical now more than ever as we prepare to welcome the Atchafalaya Reserve in Louisiana and the Bay of Green Bay Reserve in Wisconsin.

We urge all friends and partners to let Congress know how important it is to provide increased funds for the NERRS. It is more important than ever that the NERRS budget grows to match the needs of our System, its programs, and our communities.

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