Giacomini Wetlands in Northern California, Getting Back to Natural

October 29, 2008 / No Comments

lagunitas creek and tomales bay Giacomini Wetlands in Northern California, Getting Back to Natural

After eight years of planning to restore the vastly damaged Giacomini Wetlands in northern California, the National Park Service managed to re-create one of the largest estuary systems in Marin County, which 60 years ago had been unthinkingly cleared out as pasture land for dairy cattle that provided milk and butter during World War II.

Took them two years of bulldozing and excavating to pull down the levees and re-direct the creeks, to bring back the “naturalness”, the wetlands today are slowly getting back to their original form with rare sightings of rays and leopard sharks – apart from other wildlife, gliding through the shallow waters.

egret hunts for food in lagunitas creek Giacomini Wetlands in Northern California, Getting Back to Natural

Amazing species of animals which had been thought to be extinct and a variety of birds have been spotted in Point Reyes, and also fishes that had abandoned the waters are all gradually coming back.

“The habitat will come back. In a year, no one will know we did anything,” says Park Service hydrologist Ketcham. Sounds like a fairy tail except this one is true. We can do good, IF we want! – via LA Times