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Mission Statement

The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the resources of Santa Monica Bay.


The health of the Santa Monica Bay is vital to our regional economy, our local ecology as well as our collective well-being. In recognition of the need to restore and protect the Santa Monica Bay and its resources, the State of California and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project (SMBRP) as a National Estuary Program in December 1988. The Project was formed to develop a plan that would ensure the long-term health of the 266 square mile Bay and its 400 square mile watershed, located in the second most populous region in the United States. That plan, known as the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Plan, won State and Federal approval in 1995. Since then the SMBRP's primary mission has been to facilitate and oversee the implementation of the Plan.

On January 1st, 2003, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project formally became an independent state organization and is now known as the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (SMBRC). This transformation came about as the result of the passage of California State Senate Bill 1381, authored by Senator Sheila Kuehl, co-authored by Assembly Member Fran Pavley, and signed by Governor Gray Davis on September 15th, 2002.

The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission continues the mission of the Bay Restoration Project and the collaborative approach of the National Estuary Program but with a greater ability to accelerate the pace and effectiveness of Bay restoration efforts.


Average Review 2 reviews

Would you recommend Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation?

by Ross D. from Los Angeles, CA (2016-09-03 18:05:47.0)
A really positive first experience through VolunteerMatch! There were about ~25 volunteers, and Mark from the Bay Restoration (who oversaw construction of the Culver Rain Garden a few years ago) made sure everyone knew what to do. Tools and gloves were provided, it was just a few hours of pulling out weeds, dead palm branches, and checking the water lines. I would do it again! The same organization also meets at the UCLA Botanical Gardens and Malibu Lagoon.
by Jasmine E. from Lynwood, CA (2015-04-01 09:55:25.0)
As their descriptions states, there was some hard work, involved pulling weeds, unwanted plants, trimming, digging up things. The two men who ran this event were awesome. Very humble, explained what we had to do clearly, would reexplain if necessary, and were respectful. I was able to work in the shade so the sun was not an issue. Since I went solo to the event, I ended meeting some really cool folks. There is a range of age and races, so it was nice to see a mix of different people coming together and helping out. At the end, we were able to see the difference we made and those hours of work felt very meaningful. I would recommend to anyone willing to get down and dirty with gardening and I would do this again. A+ experience.