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SMBRC: Orientation

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ORIENTATION PAGE

Welcome! to the Orientation Page for the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (Commission), the state entity partner of the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program (NEP).

The Santa Monica Bay NEP is designated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) to promote collaborative watershed-based partnerships in order to develop and implement a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) that addresses a range of environmental problems facing the Santa Monica Bay watershed, while recognizing and balancing the needs of the local community (Section 320 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) (33 U.S.C., § 1330)).

The Santa Monica Bay NEP is comprised of two distinct entities, the Commission as the Management Conference and The Bay Foundation as the Host Entity.

For more on NEPs:

For more on the Santa Monica Bay NEP’s CCMP, visit The Bay Restoration Plan webpage.

For more on the Santa Monica Bay NEP partnership, see Santa Monica Bay NEP's US EPA 2019 Program Evaluation Letter.

Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission

The Bay Restoration PlanThe Commission is a non-regulatory, locally-based state entity established by an act of the California Legislature (Sen. Bill No. 1381 (Kuehl, 2001-2002 Reg. Sess.)) in 2002 to monitor, assess, coordinate, and advise the activities of state programs and oversee funding that affects the beneficial uses, restoration and enhancement of Santa Monica Bay and its watersheds. As the Management Conference for the Santa Monica Bay NEP, the Commission is responsible for overseeing the effective implementation of the CCMP and ensuring the success of the Santa Monica Bay NEP.

The Commission’s membership includes policymaking officials from all governmental levels;  environmental managers; local scientific and academic communities; and stakeholders from interest groups such as business, industry, community, and environmental. The Commission consists of the Governing Board, Executive Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, Commission staff, and Santa Monica Bay Stakeholders. The administrative functions of the Commission are supported by State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) staff. The Commission has a long-term partnership with the Host Entity, The Bay Foundation, which receives, administers, uses the annual federal CWA Section 320 NEP grant funds, along with other funding sources, for CCMP implementation.

For details on the Commission’s functions, governance and membership, see the Commission’s Memorandum of Understanding.

The Governing Board is the key decision-making authority of the Commission responsible for creating a long-term vision, setting program priorities and goals, approving revisions and updates to the CCMP and Santa Monica Bay NEP Annual Work Plans, delegating tasks, and providing oversight and direction to the other components of the Commission. With 28 voting and ten non-voting members, the Governing Board is made up of officials and staff from watershed cities, regulators, and legislators, with seven elected representatives of environmental interests, business communities, and public agencies and private organizations.

The Executive Committee is charged with overseeing the day-to-day activities of the Commission such as the development of revisions and implementation of the CCMP and Santa Monica Bay NEP Annual Work Plans, communicating with the other components of the Commission and the Host Entity, developing agendas for the Commission’s Governing Board meetings, establishing subcommittees, and addressing litigation. The Executive Committee consists of nine members—seven voting members (the Chair and five Vice-chairs of the Governing Board and the Chief Deputy Director of the State Water Board) and two non-voting members (the NEP Director and the US EPA Regional Administrator of Region 9).

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) functions as a non-biased, non-partisan scientific panel that provides scientific information and expertise and to advise the other components of the Commission and the Host Entity. Functions of the TAC include development of State of the Bay Reports, identification of priority research projects, and develop recommendations and reports on technical issues as requested by the Governing Board or Executive Committee. The TAC is comprised of volunteer scientific experts who are knowledgeable about the state of the science in a variety of technical areas and are appointed by the Governing Board.

The Santa Monica Bay Stakeholders functions as a mechanism for interested parties to provide information and input to the Commission. Santa Monica Bay Stakeholders are encouraged to provide information and input on the Commission’s activities, including regarding restoration priorities for funding, planning, project implementation, monitoring, and further research as well as the revision, update, and implementation of the CCMP and program priorities of the Commission. Santa Monica Bay Stakeholders is open to anyone interested in the Commission’s activities in order to provide the Commission with broad and diverse stakeholder perspectives throughout the watershed.

  • To be added to the Santa Monica Bay Stakeholders email distribution list, visit Our Mailing List webpage.

The Bay Foundation (TBF)

Description under development.

Santa Monica Bay Restoration Authority (SMBRA)

The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Authority (SMBRA) was created as a local public agency by a joint exercise of powers agreement between the Commission and the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. The purpose of the SMBRA is to broaden funding opportunities for projects within the Santa Monica Bay watershed and to provide an efficient method to fund important programs of the Santa Monica Bay NEP.