About our Programs



The Morro Bay estuary is a national and state treasure, a vital ecological resource whose health affects our health and the vibrancy of our community and economy. While California has lost over 90% of its historical wetlands and heavily polluted other important estuarine areas, this is not the case in Morro Bay. We still have the opportunity to protect and even enhance this vital resource to improve our quality of life and that of our children’s.

Morro Bay National Estuary Program works to protect and restore Morro Bay and its watershed by conducting monitoring and research to track the health of the estuary, repairing natural habitats to protect water quality and wildlife, and educating residents and visitors on how to be good stewards of the bay.

“The sponsor of the program is my main reason for wanting to volunteer,” said Kristen Nelson of San Luis Obispo, during the Estuary Program’s 2014 eelgrass planting effort.


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

Click here to see an interactive map of project sites in Morro Bay and other National Estuary Programs.

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