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We Are Working to Restore and Enhance Santa Monica Bay.

The Bay Foundation’s mission is to improve water quality, conserve and rehabilitate natural resources, and protect the Bay’s benefits and values.

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2021 Project Highlights

We’re currently working on a range of projects and initiatives across the Santa Monica Bay and its watershed to restore natural habitats both on land and underwater, address climate change, clean up our waterways, create green spaces in urban areas, and much more.

Abalone Restoration Program

The kelp forests of Santa Monica Bay once teemed with seven species of abalone—red, pink, green, white, black, pinto, and flat. Through overharvesting in the past century, loss of kelp habitat, and disease, all seven species found in southern California have been nearly wiped out.

As the primary sea urchin competitor, these large underwater snails play an important role in maintaining healthy kelp ecosystems and have been sought after by Californians for their cultural and economic importance throughout history.

Kelp Forest Restoration Project

The kelp forest ecosystems off the southern California coast are known to be some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems in the world. They are vital for providing habitat and food for over 700 marine species, many of which are the targets of California’s most lucrative sport and commercial fisheries. They also protect neighboring coastlines from erosion and pull in carbon dioxide from the ocean as they grow.

The Bay Foundation (TBF) is a world leader in the effort to restore kelp forests.

Table to Farm

Food that decomposes in a landfill releases methane, a greenhouse gas 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide. By composting locally, we reduce transportation associated with hauling waste to faraway processing facilities which lowers smog-forming air pollutants and carbon dioxide emissions. Simultaneously, the application of compost builds healthy soils, increases water retention, and enhances soil carbon sequestration.

The Table to Farm program works with Environmental Charter Schools (ECS) to implement community composting.

Santa Monica Beach Restoration Pilot Project

The Bay Foundation (TBF) restored approximately three acres of plants adapted to live on the beach very close to the shoreline for the Santa Monica Beach Restoration Pilot Project. As the plants of the coastal strand habitat grow, they capture windblown sand beneath their branches and leaves. Over time, they build sand dunes that prevent waves and extreme tides from flooding the beach and nearby infrastructure.

By reestablishing this habitat, TBF and its partners are able to affordably create beaches that are naturally resistant to sea level rise, while creating refuge for endangered species and adding natural beauty to our beaches.

Abalone Restoration Program

The kelp forests of Santa Monica Bay once teemed with seven species of abalone—red, pink, green, white, black, pinto, and flat. Through overharvesting in the past century, loss of kelp habitat, and disease, all seven species found in southern California have been nearly wiped out.

As the primary sea urchin competitor, these large underwater snails play an important role in maintaining healthy kelp ecosystems and have been sought after by Californians for their cultural and economic importance throughout history.

Kelp Forest Restoration Project

The kelp forest ecosystems off the southern California coast are known to be some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems in the world. They are vital for providing habitat and food for over 700 marine species, many of which are the targets of California’s most lucrative sport and commercial fisheries. They also protect neighboring coastlines from erosion and pull in carbon dioxide from the ocean as they grow.

The Bay Foundation (TBF) is a world leader in the effort to restore kelp forests.

Our Key Priorities

Our breadth and depth of work spans the ocean, coastline, and communities, while addressing the effects of climate change across these interconnected systems.

What Can You Do? Together We Can Make a Difference.

There are many ways to get involved and contribute to the restoration of the Santa Monica Bay and its watershed.

The Bay Foundation is an entity of SMBNEP, one of 28 National Estuary Programs created by Congress in 1987. SMBNEP is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of coastal Los Angeles and promotes collaborative watershed-based partnerships and projects. The program’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) is dedicated to ensuring a high quality of life for the 5,000 species and 4,000,000 people that call the Santa Monica Bay and its watershed home.

Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program
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