I don't get political too often and there is good reason for it. I don't follow politics. I am not well versed in them. With the way the world is now, I don't WANT to know them either, quite frankly. What I DO know is that when something that is good for my family, the community, my friends, and the world is threatened, I will fight for it.
Right now, the funding for our coastal reserves is in danger due to budget cuts within several federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Our local reserve the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR) - where our children learn about our area - could be shut down. In fact, without our help, it could be gone as early as 2018. That means research will stop. Jobs will be lost. Our children will lose the most convenient environmental resource available to them.
You probably don't realize how much you have used the JCNERR. If you'e ever visited the Tuckerton Seaport's third floor, you should know that all that great hands-on equipment is there because of the JCNERR. If you've ever taken a class at the Field Station, that's run by the JCNERR.
I asked around to see how many of my local friends have utilized the resources at the JCNERR and was so pleased to learn that SO many have taken their classes with rave reviews:
If you have a great experience with the JCNERR. please tell everyone about it! You can comment on this post, or share it on social media using hashtag #MyReserveOurCoast.
PLEASE read the article in the Sandpaper for more information. http://thesandpaper.villagesoup.com/p/area-environmental-groups-fear-possible-federal-budget-cuts/1639182
I know I'm not doing much justice to how important saving this program is for our future.
Find out what else you can do to save your local reserve by checking out http://www.nerra.org/my-reserve-our-coasts . Use the hashtag #myreserveourcoasts whenever you're taking pics at the beach or visiting your local reserve!
The best thing is to get the word out that WE LOVE OUR RESERVE, OUR COASTS! Share this article, share your experience, call your local representatives, do whatever you can.