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Ag Water Quality Coordinator


Position Summary

The Agricultural Water Quality Program Coordinator for CMSF is responsible for developing and maintaining agricultural water quality programs to support a sustainable agricultural industry and prevent agricultural pollution from negatively influencing Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). Agriculture is a major industry and utilizes a significant portion of the land and water in watersheds surrounding MBNMS. Additionally, agricultural runoff is recognized as a pollutant source for nutrients, pesticides, and plastics. Agriculture is a potential sink for greenhouse gases, storing carbon in the soil while building soil health and drought resilience. The agricultural water quality program revolves around strong working partnerships in the agricultural community with other agricultural support organizations, agricultural professionals, and directly with growers and ranchers to address water quality issues and support the research and education to better manage and reduce these pollutants.


MBNMS is one of our nation's largest marine sanctuaries, encompassing more than 6,000 square miles of central California coastal waters that contain a rich array of habitats and marine life. The Sanctuary program provides protection of these natural resources through research and education to foster public understanding and stewardship of this nationally significant marine area. The Sanctuary works closely with CMSF on many programs, including the Water Quality Protection Program (WQPP). 

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