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Mission : Implementation

The Water Quality Protection Program, (sponsored by NOAA) is a coalition of twenty-seven federal, state and local agencies, public groups, representatives of the agricultural, boating, equestrian communities, and businesses working to develop and carry out long-term, proactive water quality management plans for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary's eleven watershed regions. The program's goals are to address existing water quality concerns and to prevent the kinds of expensive water pollution crises that have occurred elsewhere in the country through a stewardship approach. The WQPP mission is, by voluntary partnership effort, to protect and enhance the physical, chemical and biological conditions in the Sanctuary and its adjacent watersheds. In 1995, the Half Moon Bay Coastside Foundation's Watershed Posse became San Mateo County's most active participant in the WQPP.

At the heart of the Foundation's efforts is a plan that embodies twenty four strategies, for agriculture, urban runoff and marine and boating activity, intended to protect and enhance the quality of water that drains into the Sanctuary while sustaining the economic vitality of agriculture. The strategies are focused on improving technical assistance and education, funding and economic incentives for conservation measures, coordination and streamlining of existing regulatory systems in order to reduce the barriers to implementing erosion control practices, and improving maintenance practices for rural roadways and public lands.

Our California Watershed Posse (CWP) is providing a leadership role in establishing networks of private and public sector landowners to address water quality issues. These voluntary projects, in cooperation with the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards, will represent an innovative effort on the part landowners and organizations to establish improved management practices, while building on the many positive practices already underway.

The California Watershed Posse monitors, identifies and fights to stop the destructive and polluting activities of private and public entities impacting California's bays and coastal watersheds. The CWP is working closely with state regulatory agencies to monitor and test local ground water, subsurface soils and run off for toxic pollutants in several areas, including the CWP membership in the Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership.

Since 1991, CWP has provided oversight and stewardship services for the off shore owners of the historic, unregulated toxic landfill, thousand acre Johnston Ranch, home of the steel head trout occupied Arroyo Leon Creek now owned by Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and Capital One after receiving a $3.56 billion bank bailout" freebie from our U.S. Treasury. Neither POST nor Capital One have come into compliance with the 2014 Industrial Storm Water Permit which would clean up their "lead contaminated" landfill properties. Capital One is demonstrating a continuing betrayal of the public trust by putting profits before the protection of the 2.6 million San Francisco Bay Area Water Users Hetch Hetchy Reservoirs located in the County of San Mateo. What's In Your Wallet?!

The year 2000 brought in the establishment of the Half Moon Bay Coastside Foundation's first EnviroBank project, born from it's need for a centralized fund dedicated to the protection and health of California's watershed eco-system, with a special emphasis on the County of San Mateo Coastside and the Crystal Springs Reservoir resources. Now known as the U.S EnviroBank, the idea was first developed as a cooperative effort between Foundation members and it's watershed council, Alan Beaven. On 9/11, Alan Beaven was a passenger on flight 93, and in his memory and honor of his legacy, we continue on with the goal of providing a permanent public resource for media and documents, to assist researchers and investigators as they carry on the greater mission of protecting our Bay Area's water resources.

A Threatened Sanctuary

   Safeguarding the precious Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary goes beyond protecting the resources within its boundaries. Over 50 rivers, creeks and estuaries drain into the Sanctuary, making it particularly vulnerable to impacts from human activities. Runoff from forests, cities and agricultural land can wash pollutants - like sediment, pesticides and bacteria - downstream into the Sanctuary and its nearby wetlands. Wetland and riparian areas have been reduced, limiting their ability to act as natural filters for today's pollutants. Reduction of these natural buffers can affect the migration and spawning of steelhead and salmon. Sewage outfalls and marinas can contribute a variety of contaminants to the marine ecosystem. Oil tankers steam through the Sanctuary, carrying with them the ongoing threat of water-fouling spills.

The Water Quality Program - A New Approach to Enhancing and Protecting Sanctuary Resources

   The Sanctuary's health is tied to the quality of its marine waters and inland water resources. Improving water quality is key to preserving and protecting all Sanctuary resources. Recognizing this, 27 federal, state and local agencies, plus the region's managers, businesses, scientists and concerned public, are working together to develop an innovative ecosystem-based Water Quality Protection Program for the Sanctuary. The Protection Program aims to integrate the large number of existing water quality programs and plans. Its goal is to enhance and protect the Sanctuary's chemical, physical and biological integrity.

Solving Problems

   The Protection Program has identified a variety of water quality issues and problems in the Sanctuary and its watersheds. These include toxic pollutants in sediments, shellfish and wildlife; human health problems; sedimentation and low flows in rivers and streams; wetlands alteration; and habitat loss. The Protection Program is developing and carrying out plans containing specific strategies and actions that address these problems while sustaining the region's economic viability. Strategies include public education, technical assistance, management practices, research and monitoring, and regulations and enforcement, where necessary.

Get Involved

   The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a gift all of us can share. And all of us must work together to protect it. We invite you to participate in the Water Quality Protection Program.

Help Design the Protection Program

   Help design the Protection Program by attending public meetings and commenting on the Program's development.

Become Informed

   Become informed about the issues affecting the Sanctuary. A variety of educational materials, technical reports and information sheets are available free or for a nominal charge by calling the Protection Program Office at (408) 647-4201.

Call The Protection Program Office

   Call the Protection Program Office at (408) 647-4201 to arrange for a speaker to address your group or organization.

Join The Protection Program

   Together we can preserve the unique beauty and incredible resources of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

The Water Quality Protection Program
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
299 Foam Street, Suite D
Monterey, California 93940

Tel: (408) 647-4201
Fax: (408) 647-4250

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