In the heavy rains of March 2018, the willows and other plants in the restored flood plain at Twin Bridges along with the wide expanse of salt marsh at the waters edge gave the rushing runoff a place to slow down and sink in. Without these natural spaces, flood waters continue on toward the bay in full force and the possibility of increased erosion and damage to infrastructure rises.

Photograph Friday: drought and big storms around the Morro Bay estuary

Creek with rocks_Morro Bay National Estuary Program

Field Updates June 2021: Summer Heat and Low Flow Monitoring

Morro Bay Watershed Native Plant Series: Southern Coastal Scrub

Native Plant Series #2: Southern Coastal Scrub

Photograph Friday: Spring Rain in Morro Bay

Field Updates January 2018

January Field Updates, 2017

An increase in water flowing through local creeks helps fish and other aquatic species. This picture was taken at Pennington Creek in 2011.

El Niño, Rain, and the Estuary