Protecting and Restoring the Morro Bay Estuary.

A Celebration to Remember

A Celebration to Remember

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This past weekend, we had the privilege of celebrating our 20th Anniversary with many of our founders, supporters, partners, and community members—all while admiring beautiful views of the bay.

Attendees enjoyed the view from Windows on the Water’s dining room.

Attendees enjoyed the view from Windows on the Water’s dining room.

Some of the people who came to the event had been involved with the Bay Foundation and the Friends of the Estuary—two organizations that were instrumental in establishing protection for Morro Bay at both the state and the national levels. Many of them still work to protect our bay to this day.

Bruce Gibson, District Two Supervisor for the County of San Luis Obispo signs the guest book. Legislative Assistant Cherie McKee and Estuary Program Office Manager, Cynthia Milhelm, discuss the event.

Bruce Gibson (right), District Two Supervisor for the County of San Luis Obispo, signs the guest book. Legislative Assistant, Cherie McKee (middle), and Estuary Program Office Manager, Cynthia Milhelm (left), discuss the event.

Some had worked hard, along with over 700 other community members and experts, to create the comprehensive management plan for the Morro Bay National Estuary. Still others had become involved through partner organizations, agencies, local government offices, volunteer opportunities, and many different avenues.

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A group gathers to talk, while a Bay Story Video plays in the background.

What united all of the people who celebrated this milestone was a collective love of the Morro Bay estuary, and the willingness to keep pushing forward to protect and restore it for the next 20 years and beyond. We thank each and every person who came to the celebration, as well as those who could not, for working hard to keep Morro Bay clean and healthy.

The Estuary Program’s Executive Director, Adrienne Harris (left), talks with Bay Foundation Board Member, Deanna Richards.

The Estuary Program’s Executive Director, Adrienne Harris (left), talks with Bay Foundation Board Member, Deanna Richards (right).

As Adrienne Harris, the Estuary Program’s Executive Director, said when she addressed the crowd, “Our work is not over. Our estuary still faces threats from pollution and climate change. The National Estuary Program is dedicated to solving the complex problems that face our bay and ocean now and in the future.”

Luckily, we know that the Morro Bay National Estuary has many friends who are more than willing to help with this important work.

A girl colors a picture of Sammy the Steelhead Trout during the party.

A child colors a picture of Sammy the Steelhead Trout during the party.

Do you have a favorite memory of the estuary or the Estuary Program to share? Please email rpass@mbnep.org. We would love to hear your story.