Assessment of the Nearshore Rocky Reef Resources of Santa Monica Bay


SCH Number
Public Agency
State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance
Document Title
Assessment of the Nearshore Rocky Reef Resources of Santa Monica Bay
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Kelp beds and rocky reefs are one of the Bay's most important socioeconomic, cultural, and ecological resources. Previous assessments of this ecosystem improved a wide variety of ecosystem services including the state-wide marine protected area process resulting in the implementation of MPAs, identification of impaired reef habitat and subsequent active restoration through urchin culling and the first in situ rocky-reef restoration project in California, the first record of a mainland endangered white abalone population leading to abalone outplanting in the Bay, and the discovery of eelgrass habitats proximate to reefs resulting in new restoration projects. The Bay is at the leading edge of science, policy, and implementation of a vision to protect, sustain, and improve these resources. This project is designed to build upon previous assessments and address the emerging challenges facing this ecosystem through a quantitative and comprehensive evaluation of nearshore reefs in the Bay.

Contact Information

Jennifer Simone Toney
Agency Name
State Water Resources Control Board
Job Title
Senior Water Resource Control Engineer
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Southern California
Other Location Info
Santa Monica Bay, Malibu and Palos Verdes

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 6 - Information Collection
Reasons for Exemption
The field component of this project consists of basic data collection (visual surveys only). All other components in the scope of work are lab-based (climate change model, habitat map, and reporting/analysis).
County Clerk
Los Angeles


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