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The National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a network of 29 coastal sites designated to protect and study estuarine systems. Established through the Coastal Zone Management Act, the reserves represent a partnership program between NOAA and the coastal states. NOAA provides funding and national guidance, and each site is managed on a daily basis by a lead state agency or university with input from local partners.

For decades now, the concept of siting a NERR here has been a point of discussion here in Louisiana. The first step was taken with a letter from the Governor’s office to NOAA on July 23, 2019. Correspondence from Governor John Bel Edwards’ office to the NERR program proceeded and advanced the initiative.

The search for a National Estuarine Research Reserve in Louisiana wants to involve you!

The LaNERR Site Development Committee will be hosting a series of Town Hall Meetings to provide information on three alternative sites that have been proposed: Atchafalaya Basin, Barataria Basin, and Pontchartrain Basin. Visit the Town Hall Meetings page for more information.

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LaNERR Status Update

Louisiana NERR, or LaNERR, is currently in the Site Development phase in the process of selecting a site to nominate to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Visit LaNERR: Program Updates & Info for more details.

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