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

Field Updates February 2021: Post-Storm Monitoring

A San Diego Dorid in eelgrass.

Field Updates January 2021: Wildlife, Rainfall, and Flow Monitoring

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Field Updates November 2018: Eelgrass Monitoring and Rainfall Totals

Rain Comes to Morro Bay at the Start of a New Water Year

Photograph Friday: Spring Rain in Morro Bay

In the photograph above, sediment erodes from a dirt road during a rainstorm. This sediment can enter streams and end up in the bay.

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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