Citizen Science Powers Research Reserve

With 372,000 acres, the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is the largest in the national system. Here volunteers connect with their local environment by playing an important role in the management of the site and as active participants in coastal stewardship activities throughout the region.

From scooping up water samples to wandering around in the grass and mud with a GPS, citizens volunteer in the name of advancing local sustainability and coastal science. In 2015, it was the reserve’s citizen scientists who detected the northern extent of a large West Coast harmful algal bloom. (2016)

More Information: nerra.org/reserves/kachemak-bay-national-estuarine-research-reserve

Partners: Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

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