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Conference to Focus on State of Santa Monica Bay

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By Lookout Staff

August 14, 2015 -- Registration is now open for a conference that takes place every five years to discuss the progress of restoring and protecting Santa Monica Bay, officials of The Bay Foundation (TBF) announced Thursday.

The conference September 9 at Loyola Marymount will feature the release of the “State of the Bay Report” and panel discussions by leading experts, Foundation officials said. Among the topics discussed will be water resources, water quality, urban watersheds and marine resources.

The conference and report are produced jointly by TBF, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (SMBRC), and the Center for Santa Monica Bay Studies at Loyola Marymount University (LMU).

“This conference brings to life our upcoming State of the Bay Report, reflecting an incredible amount of study and discussion occurring over the last five years by our Technical Advisory Committee about Santa Monica Bay’s issues and its condition,” said Tom Ford, executive director of The Bay Foundation.

“This is one of our best opportunities to bring together great minds from across the State to focus on the near future of water, wildlife, and the health of our local environment, from the top of our ridgelines to the bottom of the ocean floor.”

In his keynote address, California’s Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird will discuss the state’s drought and water conservation efforts. He also will “provide a state perspective on the importance of protecting and restoring natural resources and adapting to climate change, organizers said.

Presenters and panelists will discuss findings and ideas from the report’s latest research, assessments, and case studies during multiple concurrent sessions.

“The conference features the great amount of work and research that is conducted in LA and southern California to protect and restore our natural resources, adapt to climate change and face the challenges and opportunities associated with water supply in a time of enduring drought,” Foundation officials said.

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