A Slough Success

The newly-created Bird Island in Yosemite Slough at Candlestick

We’ve got good news about a capital project that is dear to our hearts at CSPF. The California Department of Parks and Recreation has announced completion of Phase I of the Yosemite Slough Wetlands Restoration Project at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, nearly one year ahead of schedule.

Key elements of the $14.3 million restoration included the removal of existing structures and debris on the north side of the Yosemite Slough canal as well as clean-up of contaminated soils, the creation of seven new acres of seasonal wetlands, and re-vegetation of the site with native plants to increase local biodiversity.

Slough view

Nearly a decade in the planning, the project has been a successful collaboration between public and private partners including the State Coastal Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Board, Bay Area Development Commission, the City of San Francisco, Bay Area Rapid Transit, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 – San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund/San Francisco Estuary Partnership, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, the Barkley Fund and the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

Post-project aerial shot of Yosemite Slough at Candlestick

The next phase of restoration will begin late summer with construction of the north shoreline Bay Trail, expected to be completed by September. Subsequent phases will restore wetlands on the south side of Yosemite Slough and add capital improvements.

If you are interested in learning more about the project or making a donation towards the restoration of the Yosemite Slough wetlands at Candlestick Point SRA, please contact Sara Feldman at (213) 542-2450 or email at sara@calparks.org.

2 thoughts on “A Slough Success

  1. too bad they gave away 23 acres of the park to Lennar homes to develop to do this project…..We are now selling our park lands to developers for pennies to keep our parks open…anyone else smell a rat?

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