IB City Councilman Ed Spriggs & Seacoasters Bob Miller Request "Call to Action" to Protect Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR)
May 08, 2017 10:33AM
● By Paul Spear
The letter with the "Call to Action" was also presented to the members of the Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce at their April Networking Breakfast by Bob Miller and Dr Mike McCoy.
They requested that we pass along this information to our readers as well and below the letter to the members you will find the Talking Points to the Seacoaster Members that was presented.
As you may be aware, the President’s budget proposes to cut $250 million in targeted National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grants and programs supporting coastal and marine management, research, training, and education. That includes your Reserve, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR), among 28 other National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRS) across the country.
The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve is a valuable resource for our community both from an environmental and economical standpoint. Please see the attached information which explains in part how important the TRNEER is to our City.
A call to the below offices would be a way in which you could voice your support for maintaining the present funding levels for NOAA and NEERS. Your call is important.
Rep. Susan Davis
Washington (202) 225-2040 II San Diego (619) 280-5353
Rep. Juan Vargas
Washington (202) 225-8045 II San Diego (619) 422-5963
Rep. Scott Peters
Washington (202) 225-0508 II San Diego (858) 455-5550
Rep. Darrell Issa
Washington (202) 225-3906 II Vista (760) 599-5000
Robert E. (Bob) Miller
619 575-6819 phone
Here is the letter that was included with the Talking Points to the Seacoaster Members:
President’s budget eliminates National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR), including Tijuana River Estuary.
Congress urgently needs to hear from our friends and supporters to understand the risk these proposed cuts represent to the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve
Nationally significant, locally relevant
Reserves protect more than 1.3 million acres of coastal and estuarine lands. States, communities, and people depend on these estuaries to protect them from flooding, keep water clean, sustain and create jobs, support fish and wildlife, and offer outdoor recreation.
The Tijuana River NERR, in 2016 alone:
· Hosted over 75,600 visitors
· Offered over 2,000 contact hours of science-based training on coastal management issues and reached over 1,600 students
· Captured and cleaned approximately 40,000 cubic yards of sediment and solid waste flowing in the Tijuana River, protecting our oceans and beaches from pollution
· Provided a refuge to over 320 bird species while protecting the nesting ground for six species of birds that are designated Threatened or Endangered
These measurable benefits to community and environment could all be lost. We need your help to urge Congress to reject the President's proposal to drastically cut funding to NOAA and eliminate the NERRS program.