The Bay Foundation
The Bay Foundation (TBF), founded in 1990 to restore and enhance Santa Monica Bay and local coastal waters, is a world leader in the effort to restore kelp forests, supporting international partnerships, method development and technological innovation.
TBF is staffed by science and policy experts who are passionate about understanding and protecting the Bay and its watershed. This provides many benefits to people and wildlife, supports a strong economy, and improves quality of life.
TBF works with a broad group of stakeholders, including government agencies, environmental groups, local communities, industry leaders, and scientists, to create and put into action innovative projects that clean up our waterways, create green spaces in urban areas, and restore natural habitats both on land and underwater, such as wetlands and kelp forests.
TBF supports the U.S. EPA’s Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program (SMBNEP). The SMBNEP is one of 28 similar programs established under Section 320 of the 1987 Clean Water Act and administered by the U.S. EPA. A central aspect of this work is the implementation of 44 goals, as defined in the SMBNEP’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). This publicly developed and adopted plan of action provides a road map for the protection and restoration of Santa Monica Bay and local interests. Learn more about the SMBNEP. For further details, reference the Memorandum of Agreement between the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and The Bay Foundation regarding the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program.