Bel Marin Keys Wetland Restoration

The California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) will restore and enhance 67.9 acres of seasonal coastal wetlands at Bel Marin Keys on San Pablo Bay in the San Francisco Bay Estuary. The project is the next step in the restoration of the larger Hamilton Wetlands Restoration Project that will result in a restored coastal wetlands complex up to 2,500 acres in extent. The project area is owned in fee by the California State Coastal Conservancy and consists of diked historic tidelands that are currently either dominated by annual grassland or utilized to grow organic oat hay. The project will restore seasonal wetlands that will provide valuable habitat for migratory waterfowl and shorebirds on the Pacific Flyway, as well as high tide refugia for listed tidal marsh species, including the endangered Ridgeway’s rail. The project will be resilient to sea level rise, as the overall project includes an extensive tidal marsh restoration made possible by the construction of a setback levee. The SCC and its partners will provide on-site public education programs about tidal wetlands and sea level rise adaptation in San Pablo Bay.