Office of Planning Seeks Proposals for Research Reserve Site

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 in News

For Immediate Release: April 22, 2013
DBEDT News Release 13-02

HONOLULU—he Hawaii State Office of Planning’s Coastal Zone Management Program is seeking proposals from the general public, community groups, and research and educational communities for an estuarine research reserve site in the state.

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) is a network of 28 reserves that represent different biogeographic regions of the United States. These reserves are living laboratories established for long-term research, water quality monitoring, and education and coastal stewardship. Currently the Pacific region is not represented in the network, which means a site designated in Hawaii will add to the network’s diversity and provide a new resource for researching coastal issues that are of concern in the Pacific.

“Estuaries are where freshwater meets the sea, completing the mauka-to-makai link,” said Jesse Souki, director of the state Office of Planning. “These ecosystems support a variety of plant and aquatic life that Hawaii’s communities rely upon for food, recreation, and cultural practices. A NERRS site will help us better understand how these ecosystems function so that we can ensure these resources are available for current and future generations.”

Proposed sites will undergo an evaluation process, which will consider the site’s suitability for long-term research and educational potential. Criteria to determine site suitability can be found at planning.hawaii.gov/czm/initiatives/nerrs-site-proposal-process along with further information.

Proposals are due by May 15, 2013. One (1) electronic copy and one (1) hard copy of each proposal should be submitted. Electronic versions should be sent via e-mail with the subject “NERRS Site Proposal” to czm@dbedt.hawaii.gov, and hard copy versions by mail to: Office of Planning, Hawaii Coastal Zone Management Program, Attn: Rebecka Arbin, P.O. Box 2359, Honolulu, HI 96804. Please contact Rebecka Arbin (808) 587-2831 with questions.

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For more information, media may contact:

Jesse K. Souki, Director, State of Hawaii, Office of Planning, 808-587-2846

Dave Young, DBEDT Information Staff, 808-586-2480