|National Estuarine Research Reserve System|
|NOAA and the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association adhere to the following policy on establishing new reserves:
1) NOAA is committed to completion of a system of reserves representing the diverse biogeographic and typological character of the estuaries of the United States and estuarine-like systems of the Great Lakes, consistent with available resources.
2) The first priority for use of NOAA funding is to support the operation of designated reserves, system-wide projects benefiting designated reserves and development of reserves in states that currently have a formal commitment from NOAA to proceed with the designation process.
3) Additional reserves (beyond the existing 28 designated and one proposed reserve) will be considered by NOAA only when (a) sufficient funds are available to provide reserves continuing operations support after designation and (b) sufficient federal staff and resources are available to adequately support new designation and operation activities.
4) Priorities for accepting new nominations are:
- First priority will be given to nominations that incorporate both a biogeographic sub-region and an estuary type not represented by existing or developing reserves (see NOAA regulations at 15 CFR.921).
- Second priority will be given to nominations that incorporate either a biogeographic subregion or an estuary type not represented by existing or developing reserves.
For more information contact Laurie.Mcgilvray@noaa.gov.
Last Updated on: Tuesday, October 26, 2010