Every three years, the Morro Bay National Estuary Program publishes a State of the Bay report that uses data gathered by our staff, volunteers, and partner organizations to examine the health of the Morro Bay estuary and watershed. It provides important information about environmental trends and guides local efforts to protect and restore this special place.
This year, we published a digital version of the State of the Bay report with additional multimedia content and information that we couldn’t fit into into the print version of the report. Today, we invite you to investigate the the health of the Morro Bay estuary through the text, photographs, and videos in State of the Bay 2020. Please use the links below to find the information you’re interested in.
Complete digital State of the Bay report
Complete State of the Bay Report Video Playlist
Quick links to State of the Bay report topics
Is the bay clean enough to support commercial shellfish farming?
Are important natural areas being protected, enhanced, and restored?
Are bird populations that depend on the bay and surrounding lands stable?
Is the bay filling in at an unnatural rate?
How will climate change likely affect the Morro Bay watershed and estuary?
Do the estuary and watershed support a healthy population of steelhead?
Does Morro Bay support healthy eelgrass beds?
Is Morro Bay safe for swimming?
Is water in the creeks and bay clean enough for fish and aquatic life?
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