CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Inner Tomales Bay
The Cal. Department of Public Health is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams, or whole scallops from inner Tomales Bay. Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins have been detected in mussels from this area. More »
Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December, reopening weekends and holidays on December 28. More »
Visitor Center Winter Hours
Visitor Center Winter Hours took effect on Sunday, November 3, 2013. More »
Point Reyes National Seashore and Ranchers Embark on Suite of Rangeland Water Quality Improvement Projects
Contact: Devii Rao, 415-464-5172
Contact: Dylan Voeller, 415-464-5216
Contact: John A. Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
The National Park Service, in cooperation with park ranchers, will be constructing numerous grant-funded rangeland water quality improvement projects on seven ranches within Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. These Best Management Practices (BMP's) consist of four main project types: cattle exclusion fencing, cattle watering facilities, controlled cattle crossings and erosion control measures. Construction is scheduled to begin in early September and will continue in phases through fall of 2013. The projects have a water quality monitoring component, which began in the winter of 2011/2012 and will continue through winter of 2013/2014 to look for changes in water quality related to implementation of BMPs.
The projects are designed to reduce the amount of time cattle spend in or around waterways, with the intent of reducing sediment, nutrients and pathogens in surface waters. The projects will provide a benefit to ranchers by improving pasture utilization and providing cleaner, more consistent drinking water to cattle. They support Point Reyes National Seashore's goals of maintaining or improving habitat for federally listed salmon, reducing soil erosion associated with ranching activities, enhancing riparian and wetland habitats, and improving rangeland health. Ultimately, BMP's should improve water quality for other uses, such as swimming and fisheries.
The projects are located in two main regions: 1) the Tomales Bay Watershed, and 2) the watersheds above the Duxbury Reef Area of Special Biological Significance (ASBS) and Point Reyes Headlands ASBS. These projects will help ranchers meet water quality regulations and aid in the protection of the unique aquatic resources contained within the ASBS.
Support for implementation of BMPs is provided by a grant from the State Water Resources Control Board in the Tomales Bay Watershed through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Federal Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program (Clean Water Act, Section 319), through the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Environmental Quality Incentives Program, and in ASBS watersheds, through a partnership with Marin County under a California Proposition 84 grant.
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According to a 2009 report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, climate change will likely lead to an increase in extreme weather in the USA. Fortunately, there is still time to limit climate change by reducing emissions of heat-trapping pollution and taking other actions. More...