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The Bay Foundation

The Bay Foundation (TBF) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit environmental group founded in 1990 to restore and enhance the Santa Monica Bay and local coastal waters.

Stretching from Ventura County to Palos Verdes, and from the Santa Monica Mountains to the sea, the Santa Monica Bay Watershed is home to nearly 2,000,000 people, with millions visiting from around the world. More than 5,000 species of animals, fish, birds and plants make their home in the Bay and the Bay Watershed.

TBF staff are science and policy experts who are passionate about understanding and protecting the Bay and its watershed, and all the benefits that a healthy ecosystem can provide all those who use and enjoy it.

Working with a broad group of stakeholders, including government agencies, environmental groups, local communities, industry and scientists, TBF creates and puts into action innovative policies and projects that clean up our waterways, create green spaces in urban areas, and restore natural habitats both on land and underwater, such as wetlands and kelp forests.

Through the Center for Santa Monica Bay Studies at Loyola Marymount U., TBF conducts research and mentors student interns and volunteers from around the world, and produces the Urban Coast journal.

TBF is part of the U.S. EPA’s Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program (SMBNEP), one of 28 similar programs established under Section 320 of the 1987 Clean Water Act and administered by the U.S. EPA. For more information on the entire SMBNEP and its Bay Restoration Plan (BRP), visit www.santamonicabay.org.

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