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From the Director’s Desk: Stepping Down and Gratitude for Our Community

    Written by Lexie Bell, Executive Director of the Morro Bay National Estuary Program. On December 28, I will step down as Executive Director of the Morro Bay National Estuary Program after twelve years at the organization and six years in this role. I will be taking an administrative position at Cuesta College and look forward to continuing to engage in the stewardship of our watershed as a supporting community member.   Over the past decade, the Estuary Program has worked together as a community to achieve lasting conservation results. We have protected 2,300 acres and restored more than …

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Field Updates June 2021: Summer Heat and Low Flow Monitoring

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    Things are heating up this summer! According to a local weather station monitored by California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS), the average air temperature increased from about 54°F in April and 57°F in May, to over 62°F during June. In our local creeks, we also have noticed a similar climb in stream temperatures. A water temperature logger on San Luisito Creek recorded a maximum seven-day rolling average of 57.7°F (14.3°C) during May, and a maximum seven-day rolling average of 59.3°F (15.2°C) during the first half of June. For more information on how we track temperature in our local …

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