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    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project

A kayaking tour explores the wetland habitat along Lagunitas Creek during the Giacomini Wetlands Restoration Project 1-year celebration.
A kayaking tour explores the wetland habitat along Lagunitas Creek during the Giacomini Wetlands Restoration Project 1-year celebration.
 

Since the early 1900s, levees constructed at the southern end of Tomales Bay for roads and dairy farms have served to hydrologically disconnect Lagunitas Creek and its tributaries from their floodplains. As a result, wetland conditions within the Waldo Giacomini Ranch and Olema Marsh (Project Area) have been degraded, and hydrologic and ecological functionality of what was once of the largest integrated tidal marsh complexes in Tomales Bay has been substantially reduced. Natural wetlands provide many important functions for humans and wildlife, including floodwater retention, water quality improvement, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities. Because two-thirds of the Bay’s freshwater inflow passes through the Project Area, these wetlands may have once played an integral role in maintaining health of Tomales Bay, which has deteriorated over the last century because of excessive sedimentation, water and sediment quality problems, non-native species invasions, and other issues.

In 2000, the National Park Service acquired the Waldo Giacomini Ranch for the purpose of wetland restoration using a combination of Congressional appropriations and mitigation monies from the California Department of Transportation. Because the Project Area is in the northern district of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it is managed by Point Reyes National Seashore.

In this section, you will find a variety of Management Plans and other documents and web pages pertaining to the planning, management, and operation of the Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project, along with information about how the restoration is progressing. Click on a link below to find out more.

Associated Web Pages

Planning and Permitting Documents

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OpenRoad.TV with Doug McConnell
Watch the "Giacomini Wetlands Restored" video.

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More on Point Reyes at OpenRoad.TV with Doug McConnell.

 

Take an historical tour of this "working dairy ranch turned restored wetlands" project with Point Reyes National Seashore's wetlands ecologist Lorraine Parsons.

Your Wetlands: Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project podcast

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