Restoration & Conservation

Restoration & Conservation


The Morro Bay National Estuary Program works to protect important natural areas within and around the estuary and when needed restore areas that have been degraded. Healthy habitats provide homes to many plants and animals, protect water quality in the estuary, and preserve the scenic beauty and recreational opportunities that residents and visitors love about Morro Bay. For example, native plants outperform exotic species in controlling erosion and surviving on limited water. When natural habitats are protected and native animals thrive, balance is achieved and more life can be supported.

The Estuary Program works with many partners in our community to protect the estuary and its watershed. Our collective successes include:

•  Restoring more than 400 acres of important habitat – that’s 300 football fields of natural beauty!

•  Fencing 65,000 feet or 12.3 miles of stream to protect creeks from cattle damage. Cattle in creeks pollute the water and destroy streamside plants that help keep water clean.

•  Protected more than 3,000 acres of important habitat by purchasing land or conservation easements on land. This amounts to about one-and-a-half times the area of Morro Bay itself.

Partnering with the Estuary Program on projects has proven to be extremely beneficial to the university’s cattle operation and range improvement practices. We are very fortunate to be located in this watershed and be able to take advantage of their cost-share programs.

Aaron Lazanoff
Beef Operations Manager, Cal Poly State University  



Morro Bay National Estuary Program brings together citizens, local governments, non-profits, agencies, and landowners to protect and restore the Morro Bay estuary.

Protecting and Restoring the Morro Bay Estuary.