If you’ve ever marveled at the beauty of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of California, an annual water quality monitoring project is one of the reasons why the area has stayed so pristine.

This coming May 4, 2019 will be the 20th anniversary of “Snapshot Day” in the Sanctuary area. That day, a bunch of volunteers and organizations will gather information on land-based sources of marine pollution.

According to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Paul Michel:

“We depend on partners and volunteers to inform and inspire the public, to provide important data, and help manage such a large and diverse sanctuary. Snapshot Day in particular, with the critically important water quality data it provides, simply could not be done without the dedication of so many volunteers and partners.”

To learn more about Snapshot Day, go to the National Marine Sanctuaries website.

(Photo credit: Dave Parara)

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