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Final Environmental Assessment: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Boundary Change, Watsonville, California
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Final Environmental Assessment: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Boundary Change, Watsonville, California
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    The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve or ESNERR) is a component of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), a federal-state partnership of protected research and education sites administered by the NOAA, as authorized under Section 315 of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) (16 U.S.C. § 1461). Pursuant to 15 C.F.R. §§ 921.13, 921.33, the Elkhorn Slough NERR has a NOAA-approved management plan that is to be updated every five years. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) designated the ESNERR in 1979 in an area located adjacent to Monterey Bay in California. The land parcels comprising the Reserve are owned and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and are cooperatively managed by NOAA, CDFW, and the California State Coastal Conservancy (Conservancy), as described below. CDFW operates the Reserve in partnership with NOAA, as well as the local non-profit, Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF or Foundation). NOAA, CDFW, and the Conservancy operate under a Memorandum of Understanding through which the CDFW manages operations of the Reserve, and the Conservancy serves as fiscal agent, on behalf of CDFW, for NOAA’s funding. The Conservancy sub-awards funds to ESF to support Reserve staff and programs. At the State level, the Reserve is administered through CDFW’s Central Regional Office (Region 4) located in Fresno, California. CDFW maintains native fish, wildlife, plant species and natural communities for their intrinsic and ecological value and their benefits to people. This includes habitat protection, maintenance, and quality to ensure the survival of all species and natural communities. The CDFW also is responsible for managing diversified use of fish and wildlife including recreational, commercial, scientific and educational uses.
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