Adaptation-Related Projects in San Rafael

Here are some projects happening in San Rafael. Another place to find projects here and throughout the Bay Area is on the CHARG website.

San Rafael Bay Oyster Bed/Eelgrass Pilot Project

California State Coastal Conservancy

Beginning in 2012, the California State Coastal Conservancy advanced San Francisco Bay restoration efforts with a project to analyze subtidal restoration techniques and restore critical eelgrass and oyster habitat, while learning more about the potential physical benefits of biological reefs along the shoreline. A pilot project was conducted in San Rafael Bay and along the Hayward shoreline. The project tested planting and placement of eelgrass units with various oyster substrate units to compare growth rates, densities and recruitment. Findings from the pilot project have been used to inform subsequent projects. More info.

McInnis Marsh Restoration Project

County of Marin

The McInnis Marsh project proposes to restore subtidal and intertidal habitat at a 180-acre area of diked wetlands within McInnis Park. It is designed to protect park and sanitary district facilities, as well as important ecosystems and to improve habitats for threatened and endangered species. The project includes replacing a non-engineered levee system with a new environmentally-friendly levee, allowing the bay to reclaim historic tidelands. The new gentle sloping levee design would not only protect the park and the water treatment plant but combine ecological function with more modern and effective flood control. More info.

China Camp State Park Road Project

County of Marin

North San Pedro Road running along the shoreline of China Camp State Park in San Rafael is an important transportation corridor that crosses the landmark historic tidal marsh and routinely floods during king tides and winter storms. A community stakeholder process conducted in 2018-2019 formulated adaptation goals for the project and identified and evaluated road reconfiguration options. Project goals included maintaining the functionality of and access to China Camp recreational resources; protecting and enhancing natural resources, especially marsh habitats; and maintaining the roadway for commuting, evacuation, and emergency response under sea level rise scenarios. More info.

Tiscornia Marsh Habitat Restoration and Sea Level Rise Adaptation Project

Marin Audubon Society

Building on the preliminary design produced by Environmental Science Associates (ESA) with a grant from the Marin Community Foundation, this phase of the Tiscornia Marsh Restoration and Sea Level Rise Adaptation Project will advance the design for restoring marsh habitat and improving the levee, connecting with community, improving a public trail, and completing environmental review.  The project design will include restoring an eroded section of the existing tidal marsh, opening the diked marsh to tidal action, stabilizing and improving a section of degraded levee to increase flood protection for the community and providing transition zone habitat for wildlife and flood control. More info. The City is the Lead Agency for the Environmental Impact Report. Click here for more info on this process.

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