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Earth Day Retrospective

Apr 25, 2022

Last week, Reserves around the country celebrated Earth Day. We love to see people coming together for Earth Day at Reserves—It’s been a long two years, hasn’t it?

At NERRA, we’re also celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA)! These Earth Day celebrations wouldn’t have been possible without the legislation that led to the creation of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

The CZMA paved the way for our Reserves to invest in our estuaries in so many ways…

Reserves invest in places. They protect the lands and waters that are vital for public health and integral to place-based education, stewardship, research, and training programs. Today, the System protects some 1.4M acres, thanks to our new Reserve in Connecticut!

Reserves invest in monitoring.  Our nationally standardized approach to monitoring have provided 50 years of data on how estuaries are changing—critical info for all who want to understand and manage these special places.

Reserves invest in people. Reserve community education programs engage learners of all ages. We love to see Teachers on the Estuary with local data and Davidson Graduate Research Fellows tackling community problems. Thanks CZMA!

NERRA is proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Coastal Zone Management Act—the legislation that led to the creation of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. Want more Reserve stories delivered to your inbox? Subscribe to our newsletter.

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