Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program Comprehensive Monitoring Program – April 2021

The Santa Monica Bay region needs a Comprehensive Monitoring Program (CMP) to inform the community and interested stakeholders on the status and trends of the condition of key habitats.

The purpose of the CMP is to provide a framework to use monitoring data to inform managers, practitioners, and the public on conditions and trends that will result in meaningful actions identified in Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program’s (SMBNEP) Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). Monitoring data resulting from implementation of this plan will help provide critical information to manage the Bay and its natural resources effectively. This CMP will also inform a revision to the Quality Assurance Program Plan (QAPP) for SMBNEP, which tracks specific quality control and quality assurance goals and objectives associated with monitoring data.

Prepared by the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program for submittal to the U.S. EPA.