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August 29, 2007

Contact: George Cathcart, NOAA NERRS
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NOAA, San Francisco State University Celebrate Building Renovation For San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Timothy R.E. Keeney, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, joined officials from the state of California and San Francisco State University to celebrate the completion of refurbished office and laboratory space for the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in an former Navy warehouse in Tiburon, Calif. today, August 30.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey, California secretary for resources Mike Chrisman,and SFSU president Robert Corrigan also recognized the transfer of 10½ acres of land from NOAA to SFSU complete the transfer of a former NOAA Fisheries facility to the university’s Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, which is NOAA’s primary partner in the management of the reserve.

“This refurbished Navy warehouse has been transformed into a functional facility that will greatly enhance the work of the scientists, educators and managers who use the San Francisco Bay Reserve as their living laboratory,” Keeney said. “This project is another great example of what can be accomplished through partnerships, of which this reserve has many.”

NOAA provided construction grants of nearly $2.5 million to renovate the World War II era warehouse to provide office and classroom space for the reserve and for SFSU faculty and staff. The renovation created 17 new offices, a library and reading room, and a conference room. The building also includes two new classrooms to provide space for SFSU classes during the school year and for professional development workshops for science teachers on weekends and during the summer.

San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was designated in 2003, the second youngest reserve in the system. It currently comprises two components, China Camp State Park (1.640 acres) in Marin County and Rush Ranch (2,070 acres) in Solano County. In addition to NOAA and the Romberg Tiburon Center, reserve partners include California State Parks, Solano Land Trust and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a network of 27 estuarine areas in 23 states and Puerto Rico protecting more than 1.3 million acres of coastal and estuarine land and water for long-term research and monitoring, education, stewardship and outreach. The system is a partnership between NOAA and state agencies and universities. NOAA provides matched grant funding, national program guidance and technical assistance, while the state agencies and universities manage the reserves for local and regional needs.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is celebrating 200 years of science and service to the nation. From the establishment of the Survey of the Coast in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson to the formation of the Weather Bureau and the Commission of Fish and Fisheries in the 1870s, much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 70 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

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