Planning for the Future
The Morro Bay National Estuary Program’s work is guided by our Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (Management Plan), which identifies problems (called priority issues) that threaten the ecological and economic resources of the estuary and watershed and defines action plans to effectively reduce those problems. The Estuary Program updates this Management Plan in response to changing conditions in and around the estuary as well as global phenomena like sea level rise. This management plan was updated in 2012 and the Estuary Program is currently finishing work on a new version to be released this year.
In addition to the Management Plan, the Estuary Program uses the latest research and time-tested science to plan for specific projects such as future conservation efforts and responses localized effects of climate change.
2020 Update to Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan
The Morro Bay National Estuary Program’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan is evaluated and updated as needed very five years. In 2020, the Estuary Program carefully reviewed the work completed under the existing plan and updated the plan to focus on the next steps to take toward addressing the problems faced by the Morro Bay estuary and watershed. The Estuary Program is in the final stages of updating the plan, which will be released later this year.
Climate Vulnerability Assessment
In 2016, the Morro Bay National Estuary Program completed a comprehensive Climate Vulnerability Assessment Report through the EPA’s Climate Ready Estuaries Program. This report identifies the challenges that climate change may pose to the Estuary Program’s ability to meet the watershed goals stated in the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan and identifies potential adjustments to the action plans laid out to address those goals.
Conservation Planning Initiative
Completed in 2018, the Conservation Planning Initiative process had three primary goals: 1) to further prioritize existing priority issues, 2) to establish measurable targets, and 3) to identify specific projects and assessments needed in the watershed. The Morro Bay National Estuary Program reached out to seventeen experts with a range of specialties to gain feedback on these goals.
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.