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Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve “A Wetland of International Importance” International Ramsar Convention, 2005

The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve preserves, protects, and manages the natural and cultural resources of the Tijuana River Estuary by focusing on research and education with compatible recreation and resource use. The Reserve encompasses beach, dune, mudflat, salt marsh, riparian, coastal sage scrub, and upland habitats surrounded by the growing cities of Tijuana, Imperial Beach, and San Diego. Critical issues confronted by the Reserve include habitat conservation and restoration, endangered species management, management of the wastewater from Mexico, sediment management, and the integration of recreation. View a map of the Reserve

National Estuarine Research Reserve System The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) is a network of protected areas established for long-term research, education, and stewardship. Through a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Estuarine Reserves Division and the coastal states, the NERRS plays a critical role in sustaining the nation’s estuaries and coastal communities. There are currently 28 Reserves located throughout the United States, comprising more than one million acres of estuarine land and water. Reserves conduct research, monitoring, restoration, education, and training designed to improve our understanding and management of estuaries.