Home Front Environmental Justice, Morro Bay
Home Front EJ, Morro Bay is a grassroots environmental justice group whose focus is on how California’s Environmental Justice policies are integrated into climate adaptation and mitigation in addressing the Climate Change crisis.
Funds donated will be used for the implementation of a pilot project called Morro Bay Estuary Air Monitoring (MBEAM). Thank you in advance!
Home Front Environmental Justice, Morro Bay (Home Front EJ) is a grassroots group who thinks globally and act locally promoting citizen science. Recently Home Front EJ along with Ecologistics, a 501c (3) fiscal sponsor, received a grant from the city of Morro Bay to initiate the MBEAM by purchasing a handheld air monitoring device that monitors CO2 and other various gases. Since February 2020, Home Front EJ has been creating a baseline air quality database for the area surrounding the Morro Bay Estuary.
MBEAM will consist of one (1) handheld and four (4) stationary air monitors located around the Estuary that will measure CO2, Nitrous Oxide, Ozone, Particulate Matter 2.5 & 10 (twenty-four (24) hours a day) sending the data directly to the cloud. Intentions are to share the data collected from the stationary monitoring devices with the State’s website AQview (currently under construction) for the public to access.
The initial phase of MBEAM was receiving the handheld monitor, collection of data for the various gases, and confirming the need for an air monitoring system around the Estuary. As an example of the various gases tested the recorded CO2 average for Morro Bay was roughly 445.8 ppm (±3ppm) approximately 30 ppm higher than the current global average of 416 ppm and 115 ppm higher from the recommended global average of less than 350.
The next phase of MBEAM consists of raising money for purchasing and installation of the stationary monitoring devices to be located along the Embarcadero in Morro Bay (northern part of the Estuary). Then as funding continues, MBEAM will complete the final phase of the Estuary with the purchase and installation of air monitoring devices to be located in the Los Osos area (southern part of the Estuary).
To understand how CO2 influences the ocean, here's a link from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) about Ocean Acidification
And, another important fact about the Morro Bay Estuary:
Eelgrass has the natural ability to absorb CO2 from the air and sequesters the CO2 into the earth’s soil, essentially keeping the Estuary’s water in a balanced state. Below are maps showing the decline of eelgrass in the Morro Bay Estuary over time.
Hello fellow ocean caregivers,
Since the Fall/Winter quarter Home Front EJ and Cal Poly University San Luis Obispo have worked side by side interconnecting real-time atmospheric CO2 data with carbonate chemistry data from the Morro Bay Estuary waters.
Here's a picture of Dr. Emily E. Bockmon and her Cal Poly Ocean Acidification (OA) crew.
...Richard E.T. Sadowski