The Bay Foundation (TBF) has recently been awarded key climate change-related grants. Every aspect of TBF’s work takes into consideration the potential effects and mitigation of climate change in the 266-square-mile Santa Monica Bay and the 400 sq. mile watershed that drains to the Bay. With 5,000 species of animals, fish, birds and plants making their home in the Bay and its watershed, along with millions of people who visit, live and work here, TBF said its intent is garner grants that can help keep the Bay’s resources healthy and resilient.
TBF is one arm of the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program (SMBNEP), one of 28 similar programs administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The national estuary programs are one of the most effective on-the-ground programs of the EPA.
“In California we’re fortunate climate change is widely accepted and resources and smart people are ready and able to help with funding, research, modeling, and planning,” said TBF executive director Tom Ford.
TBF helped to convene a partnership of 11 local coastal jurisdictions and organizations and launched the regional AdaptLA project to help project what the coastline will look like in 2030, 2050 and 2100. Funded by a grant from the state Coastal Conservancy and Coastal Commission, this multi-year project will gather data and model future beaches by examining regional shoreline change, and model and assess Los Angeles coastal region’s exposure to sea level rise and other coastal processes. The modeling results will be especially useful for identifying coastal vulnerability.