$1 million grant will help to restore Breuner Marsh in Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
By Denis Cuff
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 12/22/2010 03:31:39 PM PST
Updated: 12/22/2010 03:35:08 PM PST
The East Bay Regional Park District has landed a $1 million federal grant for its environmental restoration of Breuner Marsh in Point Pinole Regional Park in Richmond, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Wednesday.
The money, coupled with a $1.4 million local match from the park district, will be used to restore 66 acres of tidal and seasonal wetlands, mud flats coastal scrub and grasslands, and provide public access to the area.
The award to the regional park district was among the $19 million in 24 grants announced by the Interior Department from its National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants Program.
"I look forward to seeing this shoreline restored into a healthy vibrant place for plants and animals to thrive and the opportunity it provides to the residents of Richmond to experience and enjoy access to the shore," said Whitney Dotson, a regional park board member from North Richmond, in a prepared statement.