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In December 2017, the National Fish Habitat Partnership selected our living shoreline restoration project in Upper Newport Bay as one of its 2017 “Waters to Watch.”

The “Waters to Watch” are a collection of rivers, streams, estuaries, lakes and watershed systems that will benefit from strategic conservation efforts to protect, restore or enhance their current condition.

As part of a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we received funding for this project through the Pacific Marine and Estuarine Partnership (PMEP) and submitted a joint nomination for the Waters to Watch program. The mission of PMEP is to protect, enhance, and restore ecological habitats within estuaries and nearshore marine environments to sustain healthy native fish communities and support sustainable human uses that depend on healthy fish populations.

Funds from this program allow us to supplement our Coastal Conservancy funding and support work led by Dr. Christine Whitcraft and M.S. student Marjorie Howard at California State Long Beach to examine fish habitat utilization of restored Olympia oyster and eelgrass beds as a part of our Living Shorelines program. We are proud to be selected for this program and invite you to stay tuned for updates on the Living Shorelines project this Spring.

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