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Third Annual Get Into Your Sanctuary Celebration June 25th and 26th, 2016

MBNMS, along with her sister sanctuaries, is hosting its second "Get into Your Sanctuary" celebration. This system-wide event will raise awareness about the value of our sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation through a series of special activities open to the public. Check oiut what's planned at our visitor centors, and Get Into Your Sanctuary!! (6/13/16)

MBNMS Sanctuary Ecologically Significant Areas (SESAs) Quick Look Reports Available Online

As part of an ecosystem based management approach, thirteen Sanctuary Ecologically Significant Areas (SESAs) have been identified within Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. These special areas encompass remarkable, representative and/or sensitive marine habitats, communities and ecological processes. They will be focal areas for facilitating research to better understand natural and human-caused variation, as well as for resource protection. Available data for each SESA have been summarized into Quick Look Reports, which include site descriptions, resource management issues, living marine resources, historic and ongoing research and monitoring, science needs, maps, imagery, and selected publications. The purpose of these Quick Look Reports is to provide summary information to our potential partners and organizations, particularly in the research community, with which MBNMS can collaborate to address information needs. (6/10/16)

2015 First Flush/Monitoring Report Now Available

The Monterey Regional Storm Water Management Program’s (MRSWMP) water quality monitoring program is modeled after the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s (MBNMS) Dry Run/First Flush monitoring, for which volunteers collect water samples which are analyzed for common urban pollutants. This monitoring program design promotes volunteer participation, stewardship and environmental education while providing important data regarding the quality of water flowing into Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The 2015 MRSWMP monitoring program collected water samples prior to the first major rainstorm of the year (Dry Run) and during the first major rainstorm of the winter season (First Flush). Samples collected during dry weather, prior to the first major rainstorm, can be used for source tracking of pollutants of concern and can give an indication of urban water uses (car washing, pressure washing, irrigation or illicit discharges), or groundwater base flow. In some cases dry weather flows can be more concentrated than those of wet weather flows due to less dilution. Water samples collected during the first major storm of the winter season provide information on the concentration of contaminants in storm water after months of dry weather accumulation of pollutants on land in urban areas. All runoff from the Monterey region eventually flows into MBNMS except in Pacific Grove where some dry weather flows are diverted to the sanitary sewer. (4/6/16)

The Coastal Discovery Center in San Simeon Cove is Seeking Docents

We're looking for those who love to share their passion for the central coast with visitors worldwide! As ambassador to both CA State Parks and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, docents host over 20,000 visitors annually at the center, the pier and the beach, teach school children, work at special events, maintain a native garden, build exhibits and/or participate in citizen science programs. Training dates for 2016 are April 2nd, 9th and 16th. For more information, please contact Carolyn Skinder by email, or call her at (805) 801-0773. (3/3/16)

New Documents Added to the 2015 Management Plan Process

Documents pertaining to a Summary Memo from Superintendent to Sanctuary Advisory Council, Advisory Council Prioritization Exercise Results, and a Compilationof the Public Scoping Comments. Please take a look. (2/8/16)

Monterey Bay 2015 Condition Report Partial Update Now Available to the Public

National Marine Sanctuary Program Condition Reports provide a summary of resources in each sanctuary, pressures on those resources, current conditions and trends, and management responses to pressures that threaten the integrity of the marine environment. Specifically, the reports include information on the status and trends of water quality, habitat, living resources, maritime archaeological resources and the human activities that affect them. The previous MBNMS Condition Report was released in 2009. (1/4/16)

MBNMS announces a Notice of Intent (NOI) To Start It's Management Plan Review Process

In September of 2015, the sanctuary begins an update of its management plan, a robust, collaborative document providing critical guidance for sanctuary operations. It is time to refresh the 2008 document and update its contents to ensure the sanctuary's natural and cultural resources are better understood and continue to be protected through management informed by our current knowledge of this special place and the pressures placed upon it. (8/27/15)

MBNMS announces a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Public Scoping for the Proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project (MPWSP) Desalination Facility

CalAm has proposed a 10,627 acre-feet per year seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination facility, with the intent to replace existing water supplies for their Monterey District service area. It comprises various facilities and improvements, including: a sub-surface seawater intake system; a 9.6-million-gallons-per-day (mgd) seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant; desalinated water storage and conveyance facilities; and expanded Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) facilities. Potable water produced by this project would be stored on a 46-acre site located north of the City of Marina on unincorporated Monterey County property. (8/26/15)

What's up with Harmful Algal Blooms and Domoic Acid Poisoning?

MBNMS waters in the Monterey Bay are experiencing a sporadic harmful algal blooms (HABs) and domoic acid event. HABs and domica acid are caused by high concentrations of certain free-floating single-celled plants in the ocean (known as phytoplankton) that produce toxins that spread into the marine ecosystem. Of approximately 5,000 known species of phytoplankton (microalgae), only a few dozen are known to produce toxic chemicals that can harm fish, shellfish, marine mammals, seabirds, and humans. (7/16/15)

MBNMS announces a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Public Scoping for the Proposed Monterey Bay Regional Water Project Desalination Facility

DeepWater Desal, LLC has proposed a 25,000 acre-feet per year seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination facility and co-located seawater-cooled 150-megawatt computer data center campus located approximately 1.5 miles east of Moss Landing, Monterey County, and associated seawater intake and brine discharge pipelines that would extend west from Moss Landing Harbor to the upper reaches of the submarine Monterey Canyon and the north shelf, respectively, within Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. (6/8/15)

Snapshot Day Multi-Year Report: A Citizen Science Success Story 2000-2013

Snapshot Day began as a volunteer monitoring effort on April 22, 2000 – Earth Day, through a joint collaboration with the Coastal Watershed Council (CWC), The Ocean Conservancy and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). Snapshot Day was intended to get a “snapshot” of the quality of water flowing into MBNMS while raising awareness about watershed health. The Citizen Watershed Monitoring Network (Network) was formed as a consortium focused on organizing citizen monitoring programs to provide a cost effective way to build an informed community with knowledge about watersheds, pollution prevention, threats to good water quality and to train volunteers to collect robust and meaningful water quality data. Continue reading the rest of the report here (M PDF). (5/4/15)

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Snapshot Day Multi-Year Report: A Citizen Science Success Story 2000-2013 (5/1/15)


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