Posted by: socalsalty | March 31, 2011

Salty Spotlight: Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission

The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (SMBRC) was originally established in 1989 as part of the National Estuary Program (part of the Environmental Protection Agency) to restore the biological health of key waterways across the country.  Since then, the SMBRC has conducted studies that have shaped the thinking of our local politicians and led to funding for projects to improve Santa Monica Bay.  Much of these improvements have been around fixing how storm drain runoff and urban pollution runoff affect the water quality of the Bay.

Michelle of the Boater Education Program

One program supported by the SMBRC is the Boater Education Program.  I met Michelle Kearney, Boater Ed Program coordinator at the Fred Hall show to learn about the program.  The focus of the program is to educate boaters about the laws governing things like waste disposal and best practices to keep our water clean.  Michelle walked me through a series of questions that every private boater should really know.  I don’t own a boat, but it’s comforting for me to know that this organization is out there teaching boaters how to be responsible caretakers of this wonderful resource (the ocean) that we share.

Please take time to check out their site and learn about what they do, especially if you own and/or operate a boat.  The program also sponsors fun events to educate the boating public that I’ll pass along as they come up.  From talking with some of the older salties, I’ve heard that the quality of the water in the Santa Monica Bay is improved today vs. back in the 70’s or 80’s…something that gives me peace of mind when I eat the fish I catch there, but is just as important to the families and visitors that come to So Cal and enjoy our beaches.  Thanks Michelle for taking time educate Salty.  Thanks SMBRC for the good work you’re doing.



  1. WE LOVE THIS!!!

  2. This picture rocks!

    • I had a pretty model 😉

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