Protecting and Restoring the Morro Bay Estuary.

Morro Bay National Estuary

Volunteers at Work

After a long and fulfilling career as a geriatric nurse practitioner, Charlotte Kelly and her husband settled on the beautiful Central Coast of California two years ago. An avid rower, birder, and fisherwoman, Charlotte loves water. She decided to volunteer with the Estuary Program last spring, after hearing our Executive Director, Adrienne Harris, describe the different volunteer opportunities we offer. Volunteers at the Estuary Program take to the creeks and bay to collect different types of environmental data. We use this data and share it with our partners to determine if the bay and creeks are healthy enough to support …

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Why King Tides Matter

King Tides are the highest tides of the year—they push docks to their limits, nibble at seaside vegetation, and can even swallow the bottoms of beach stairways. Click here to see the photograph above and others like it on Flickr. Though they may be dramatic, King Tides are a natural, predictable phenomenon. They occur in winter, when the earth is closest to the sun and when the sun, moon, and earth are all in alignment. So, if King Tides are a normal part of the tidal cycle, why do they matter? King Tides matter because they offer a glimpse into …

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Celebrate 20 Years With Us!

2015 marks our 20th anniversary, and we have a lot to celebrate: We’re celebrating the fact that a group of passionate and dedicated people recognized Morro Bay for the national treasure it is and worked to protect it. We’re celebrating twenty years of successful restoration and conservation projects in the watershed. Most of all, we’re celebrating you. We’re giving thanks for each and every community member, partner, and visitor who has done their part over the years to keep these beautiful waters clean. Because of the important part you’ve played in protecting and restoring the estuary, we want to share …

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Free Oil Recycling Helps Keep Our Bay Clean

The Morro Bay Harbor Department just cut the ribbon on its new oil recycling facility! This is great news for boaters, and for everyone who wants to keep this busy, working harbor clean. Without proper disposal, oil and other hazardous chemicals can end up in our waters causing harm to people, animals, and plants alike. This amazing recycling program, part of the Harbor Department’s Clean Marina program, helps boaters take care of this waste in an environmentally responsible way—at no charge. If you have used oil, oil filters, or antifreeze, just stop by the Harbor Department office or give them …

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Check Out the New Morro Bay National Estuary Program’s Website!

Here at the Morro Bay National Estuary Program, we’re ready for the new year. We’ve got a new logo, a new website, and now we’re launching a blog! Our blog will give you the chance to connect with us and to learn more about what you can do to protect and restore beautiful Morro Bay. We’ll be interviewing community members and experts on estuary health, giving you all the details about upcoming events and current projects, reviewing news related to the bay, and more. To make sure you’re in the know, click the button to sign up for blog post …

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