Coastal restoration organizations, federal and state agencies, and Members of Congress joined Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), NERRA, and the Association of National Estuary Programs (NEP) to celebrate National Estuaries Week 2023!
This year marked the 35th annual celebration of our nation’s coasts and the many benefits they bring to our communities. What began in 1988 as a day to recognize the importance of estuaries has become a weeklong event that encourages thousands of community members to enjoy and support the places they love.
NERRA is grateful to the 46 members of Congress who reached across the aisle to recognize National Estuaries Week—the highest number in recent memory. We also appreciate our friends at NOAA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their unending support of estuaries, not just during one week, but all year.
But most of all, we appreciate everyone who not only turned out for estuaries, but also communicated the benefits they provide. We’ve included some favorite shout outs below, but you can find the full collection under #EstuariesWeek and #WadeIn on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
We can’t get enough of these winning vistas from Julio Aguilar in GTM Reserve! Kick off your weekend by exploring all of the amazing winners and honorable mentions from our photo contest: https://t.co/iDoBV4JVc7 #WadeIn #EstuariesWeek pic.twitter.com/LnhjnRM0i4— NOAA Digital Coast (@NOAADigCoast) September 22, 2023
Passion's journey from a curious student visiting the #RachelCarsonReserve to interning @NCReserve is a testament to the impact of our education program. #Momentslikethese inspire us to keep doing what we do! Thank you, Passion, for your hard work this summer! #EstuariesWeek pic.twitter.com/x6qFQA0ccL— N.C. Coastal Reserve (@NCReserve) September 21, 2023