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The Health of the Santa Monica Bay is vital to our regional economy, our local ecology as well as our collective well-being. In recognition of the need to restore and protect the Santa Monica Bay and its resources, the State of California and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project (SMBRP) as a National Estuary Program in December 1988. The Project was formed to develop a plan that would ensure the long-term health of the 266 square mile Bay and its 400 square mile watershed, located in the second most populous region in the United States. That plan, known as the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Plan, won State and Federal approval in 1995. Since then the SMBRP's primary mission has been to facilitate and oversee the implementation of the Plan.

On January 1st, 2003, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project formally became an independent state organization and is now known as the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (SMBRC). This transformation came about as the result of the passage of California State Senate Bill 1381, authored by Senator Sheila Kuehl, co-authored by Assembly Member Fran Pavley, and signed by Governor Gray Davis on September 15, 2002.

The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission continues the mission of the Bay Restoration Project and the collaborative approach of the National Estuary Program but with a greater ability to accelerate the pace and effectiveness of Bay restoration efforts.