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NEARLY $590,000 TO THE WAQUOIT BAY NATIONAL
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded $587,760 to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support the operation and management of the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve located on the south shore of Cape Cod. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The grant supports the programs and projects conducted at the reserve. The WBNERR covers 3,000 acres of open waters, barrier beaches, marshlands and uplands including Washburn Island, South Cape Beach State Park, property surrounding the Quashnet River and the reserve Headquarters.
“The Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve provides a rich and diverse habitat that both researchers and the public can use to explore and learn about their environment,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This public-private partnership improves our understanding of the environment and supports NOAA and the Bush Administration’s efforts to strengthen regional outreach, conservation and education initiatives.”
Estuarine Research Reserve System is a network of protected areas
established for long-term research, education and stewardship. This
partnership program between NOAA and the coastal states protects more
than one million acres of estuarine land and water, which provides
essential habitat for wildlife; offers educational opportunities for
students, teachers and the public; and serves as living laboratories
for scientists. For additional information, visit the NOAA NERRS Web
NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. To learn more about NOAA, please visit http://www.noaa.gov.