Plan now to attend the CEPOA Annual Meeting and Luncheon which will be Sunday, August 4, Noon to 3 PM at La Palapa restaurant, 1346 2nd St, Los Osos. Enjoy a delicious Mexican buffet while getting better acquainted with your Cabrillo neighbors. There will be a brief business meeting to include election of 2019-2020 officers plus a special speaker (see below). Details and a reservation form will be mailed to all CEPOA members.
Morro Bay National Estuary Program
Ann Kitajima, Assistant Director
Presentation to the Cabrillo Estates POA
August 4, 2019
The Morro Bay National Estuary Program works to protect and restore the Morro Bay estuary and the lands that surround it for people and wildlife. For the past 20 years, the Estuary Program has focused on three programmatic areas to achieve its goals: monitoring & research, restoration & conservation, and education & outreach. The Estuary Program tracks long-term conditions in the estuary and watershed, protects land through restoration and conservation easements, and works with visitors and residents alike to share a message of stewardship.
The Estuary Program works to monitor, protect, and restore habitats. Every three years, the Estuary Program compiles a report card answering common questions such as, “Is it safe to swim in the bay?”, “Does Morro Bay support healthy eelgrass beds?”, and “Is the bay clean enough to support commercial shellfish harvesting?” In her presentation, Ann will address these questions, as well as share some highlights from Estuary Program projects.
Ann Kitajima served as the Monitoring Program Manager for the Estuary Program from 2002 through 2016, directing and overseeing monitoring efforts throughout the bay and creeks. In 2016, she became the organization’s Assistant Director, with responsibilities including programmatic oversight, strategic planning, and grant management. She continues to provide support in monitoring planning and development. Prior to her time with the Estuary Program, she worked for an environmental consulting firm conducting permitting and remediation projects throughout California. She holds engineering degrees from UC Berkeley and UC Irvine and has been a Central Coast resident for 20 years.
Learn more: https://www.mbnep.org/
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