Local marsh restoration projects receive funding

December 27, 2010 1:08:41 PM PST
Two Contra Costa County marsh restoration projects are receiving a portion of $5 million in federal grant money that was recently awarded to the California Coastal Conservancy.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service awarded the agency $1 million each for five projects in four counties.

The East Bay Regional Park District will use the grant money to restore 66 acres of wetlands, mudflats, open water, costal scrub, and grassland in the Breuner Marsh area along the North Richmond shoreline.

The project will help provide long-term, self-sustaining habitats for local wildlife, including threatened and endangered species, according to the Coastal Conservancy.

The award will also be used to transform 438 acres of grazing lands along the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to wetlands, uplands, and open-water fish and wildlife habitats. That work will be part of the Emerson Parcel/Dutch Slough tidal marsh restoration project.

The rest of the grant money will be funneled to projects in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Humboldt counties.

"The federal funding will go a long way toward improving water quality and habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife in the state," Coastal Conservancy Executive Officer Sam Schuchat said in a statement.

The funding comes from the federal government's National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant program.


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