Protecting and Restoring the Morro Bay Estuary.

What Estuary Program stories compel you?

What Estuary Program stories compel you?

 

The Estuary Program blog turns one at the end of January! In this first year, we’ve been happy to bring you an in-depth look at our projects, program updates, information about bay-friendly living, stories about people who are making a difference, and ideas for fun activities that you can do around the estuary.

If you missed any of our posts, you can catch up by scrolling down our main blog page. If you’re looking for the highlights, here are links to our top five posts of 2015:

 

1. Morro Bay Estuary Poetry Contest Winners 2015

Each year, we ask poets to capture the spirit of the estuary in words. Meet the winners of the Estuary Program’s 2015 poetry contest, and read their work.

Michael Blanchard looks out over the estuary

 

2. Eelgrass Update

Learn why eelgrass is important to the estuary, and see what the Estuary Program is doing to monitor and preserve Morro Bay’s eelgrass beds.

Restoration Projects Manager, Jen Nix (on right) readies materials for our eelgrass seed dispersal project.

Restoration Projects Manager, Jen Nix (on right) readies materials for our eelgrass seed dispersal project.

 

3. Microbeads and Ocean Pollution

Microbeads, small plastic balls that are a common ingredient in hygiene products, can cause harm when they end up in our waters. Find out what problems they cause, and what’s being done to solve those problems.

Microbeads and other microplastics show up on beaches worldwide.

Microbeads and other microplastics show up on beaches worldwide.

 

4. Monitoring the Health of Local Creeks with Bioassessment

Each spring, Estuary Program staff and volunteers gear up for Bioassessment, an important monitoring tool that allows us to assess the health of local streams to determine their value as fish habitat. Learn what this monitoring entails, and see if you’d like to participate. (Please note that training dates listed in the blog are for 2015. We’ll put out a new call for volunteers this spring!)

Volunteer surveys stream

 

5. Make a Day for the Bay Profile: Wendy Disch

During our Give a Day for the Bay campaign, we asked people to tell us how they pitch in to keep Morro Bay clean and healthy. Read Wendy Disch’s account of her commitment to cleaning up the estuary’s shoreline.

Wendy stands with her orange backpack and some of the trash she's collected on her run.

Wendy stands with her orange backpack and some of the trash she’s collected on her run.

 


In 2016, we’ll bring you more stories to read, share, and enjoy. Please write to Rachel at rpass@mbnep.org to let us know what topics you’d like to learn more about.