National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative

Sunflower Seastar in Padilla Bay

Image courtesy of NOAA.

ACE Basin

Image courtesy of NOAA.

Effective protection and restoration of estuarine ecosystems requires a carefully constructed science support program that brings to bear the highest quality, user-driven research. To that end, Congress created the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) under the Coastal Zone Management Act. The NERRS comprises a network of 29 reserves totaling more than 1.3 million coastal and estuarine acres in 22 states and Puerto Rico for the purposes of long-term research, water-quality monitoring, education, and stewardship.

The University of Michigan Water Center and partners are working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to implement the NERRS Science Collaborative, by coordinating regular funding opportunities and supporting user-driven collaborative research, assessment and transfer activities that address critical coastal management needs identified by reserves.

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