DU Awarded Funds From EPA For Bay Area Project

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Ducks Unlimited will receive $1,677,683 for wetlands restoration in the San Francisco Bay Area, as part of a suite of projects approved for funding by the EPA  through the San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund.

“Protecting San Francisco Bay is a top priority for EPA,” said Tomás Torres, EPA’s Water Division Director for the Pacific Southwest. “The impact of these projects will go beyond the bay, helping surrounding communities build resilience to the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise.”

Ducks Unlimited received $1,677,683 for wetlands restoration in Mountain View, as part of the larger South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. The restoration of 690 acres of tidal wetlands and 20 acres of upland transitional habitat is an important investment towards reaching the goal of 100,000 acres of tidal marsh around San Francisco Bay and building resiliency to sea level rise along the bay’s shoreline. Key partners include the California State Coastal Conservancy, the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

“We are thrilled to work with EPA and many other partners to restore the Mountain View baylands to benefit waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wetland-dependent species,” said Renee Spenst, regional biologist for Ducks Unlimited. “Creating habitat and associated public access amenities at the edge of this highly urbanized region of the bay will create opportunities for millions of people to enjoy the site and watch as it changes over the coming decades.”

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