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San Francisco Bay Delta

Breuner Marsh Restoration Project

This project will create, restore and enhance 164 acres of wetlands and uplands habitat at Breuner Marsh along the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline in Richmond. The restored area will be a self-sustaining tidal wetlands area with adjacent seasonal wetlands and coastal prairie habitats, and will provide a key link in the Bay Trail system. The project is designed to accommodate a sea level rise of 55 inches by the year 2100 and includes uplands in order for the wetlands to be able to transgress inland. Site preparation has already begun and the project is estimated to be completed in 2016.

Project Facts

Recipient: East Bay Regional Park District
Funding: $1,500,000 (Nonfederal match: $1,500,000), FFY: 2013
Project Period: January 2014 - February 2016
Partners: California State Coastal Conservancy, San Francisco Estuary Partnership, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Conservation and Development Commission, San Francisco Bay Trail Program, Bay Area IRWMP, California Department of Parks and Recreation Recreational Trails, Castro Cove Trustees, California Wildlife Conservation Board, ABAG Priority Conservation Areas.

Environmental Results Summary: Breuner Marsh Restoration Project

OUTPUTS (Activities, efforts, and/or work product during project period)

OUTCOMES (Environmental results)

(1-5 yrs)


Remove non-native vegetation and replace with native plants, irrigate as needed to establish plants and install fencing

Construct Main Trail (Bay Trail segment) and Spit Trail

Construct a broad transitional zone, gently sloping upland habitat and self-sustaining wetland areas that will transgress with sea level rise

Lower the elevation of the existing upland to create tidal wetlands

Grade shallow depressions in existing upland areas to enhance low quality seasonal wetlands

Improve public access: Construct bridge, boardwalks, trails, picnic area, scenic overlook, and install interpretive signs

Create 24.9 acres of pickleweed habitat adjacent to enhanced transitional areas planted with native shoreline vegetation to contribute to nesting, foraging and refugia habitat for the Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse and California Clapper Rail

Create, restore and enhance 164 acres of wetlands and habitat at Breuner Marsh along the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline in Richmond

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