The Foundation was established in 1998 to improve the conditions of Americaís largest and most ecologically diverse and productive estuary systems: the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays. In 2003, the geographic focus was expanded to include Northern California and the San Francisco Bay watershed. The Foundationís Chesapeake program supports the implementation of policy initiatives and standards that best accelerate the pace of nutrient and sediment reduction in the Bay. In the Pacific, the Foundationís Healthy Ocean Ecosystems program strives to identify opportunities in the field that are gaining political momentum, present a great opportunity to leverage resources of all kinds, and are innovative from a business and social perspective. The Pacific office makes grants in the following areas: sustainable fisheries (domestic/western US), protection of special places (domestic/western US), land-sea connection/water quality (Northern California), and communication of ocean conservation issues. The Chesapeake office is closed to unsolicited grants. The Foundationís Pacific office welcomes applicants. Additional information can be found on the Web site.
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