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About Estuaries  
Healthy estuaries and watersheds where coastal communities and ecosystems thrive.

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The System
NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) - a network of 28 estuarine reserves across the U.S. -has been set aside by the American people for long-term research, education and stewardship. It protects more than one million acres of protected areas, covering estuarine land and water. These sites provide essential habitat for wildlife; offer educational opportunities for students, teachers and the public; and serve as living laboratories for scientists.

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What is an estuary? Are all estuaries alike? How do we study estuaries? How do estuaries impact my life? Dive in for basic information and more.

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Species Factsheets
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Access factsheets that contain information and images on a select group of estuarine plants and animals that are endangered or are species of concern.

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