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San Pablo Bay
National Wildlife Refuge


7715 Lakeville Highway
Petaluma, CA   94954
E-mail: don_brubaker@fws.gov
Phone Number: 707-769-4200
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/san_pablo_bay/
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  History
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Rapid development of the area began with the discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevada foothills in the 1850s. Hydraulic mining operations contributed huge amounts of sediment to the San Francisco Bay Estuary. For the next hundred years, the marshes were filled, diked, or drained to support the bay's development as a major center of commerce.

Today, only 15% of the bay's historic tidal lands remains. Since the 1960s, conservation agencies, non-profit organizations, and local grassroots efforts have worked to protect the Bay. Largely comprised of thousands of acres of tidelands leased from the California State Lands Commission, the refuge's ultimate plans include protection and conservation of more than 20,000 acres of critical wildlife in northern San Pablo Bay.

 
 
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