SHELLEY LUCE, executive director of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, will serve as chair of a non-profit that works to promote restoration of estuaries nationwide.

SHELLEY LUCE, executive director of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, will serve as chair of a non-profit that works to promote restoration of estuaries nationwide.

Shelley Luce, the executive director of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, has been selected to serve a two-year term as chair for the Association of National Estuary Programs, a non-profit that works to promote the restoration of estuaries nationwide.
The commission has been part of the association since 1988, when the state of California and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project – later the commission –as a National Estuary Program under the Clean Water Act.
The association works to support the nation’s 28 local National Estuary Programs that focus on collaborating within local communities, public/private partnerships; and explore strategies to address common ecological and management issues.
“The National Estuary Program fulfills a unique role in fostering collaboration among very broad stakeholder groups,” Luce said. “It’s really hard to get people from different perspectives and agendas to work together on one key thing – protecting our precious estuaries – and ANEP is critical in supporting the National Estuary Programs in getting this job done. I’m excited to be chair of this committed group. ”
As association chair, Luce will be responsible for coordinating outreach to elected officials about the importance of estuaries to local communities and economies.
She said open space planning and habitat restoration are key elements in her approach to resource protection. Her work has included overseeing large-scale wetlands restoration projects; facilitating community-based greenway planning in dense areas of Los Angeles; and producing major planning documents such as the Green Solutions report.
“I am proud and excited to hand over the reigns to Shelley,” said Dr. Holly Greening, immediate past-chair of ANEP. “She is excellent at working with stakeholders, and bringing varying perspectives together. Her obvious passion for native habitats, as well as for addressing climate change through this purview, is going to be invaluable to leading ANEP.”
Luce, who has advised numerous scientific panels and groups in California, earned her doctorate degree in environmental science and engineering from UCLA.

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