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Learn more about volunteering by downloading a Volunteer Monitoring Program brochure.

Volunteer Monitoring Program

Whether paddling through the bay or hiking along a creek bank, you can contribute to a valuable set of data to help preserve and restore Morro Bay and its estuary.

The 2,300-acre estuary and its 48,000-acre watershed are threatened by accelerated sedimentation, bacterial contamination, nutrient overloading, and reduction of freshwater flow. As a Morro Bay Volunteer Monitoring Program volunteer, your monitoring efforts increase the understanding of these threats and the impacts of measures to address them.

Increasingly limited federal, state and local budgets only increase the need for citizen-based monitoring. Your efforts will augment existing data and help underfunded agencies determine where to best focus their limited resources. If you’re interested in our volunteer opportunities, learn more about our monitoring efforts.