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.
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.
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.
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.
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.