Climate Conversations Field Trip: Horizontal Levee

On March 29, a dedicated group of individuals braved the elements to learn how horizontal levees, incredible nature-based solutions, are protecting communities and creating habitat along our shorelines. It was inspiring to see people committed to a resilient Bay come together.

We were joined by our community partners Grassroots Ecology and heard about their proposed pollinator garden at Bedwell Bayfront Park. Grassroots Ecology restores native plants to open spaces and neighborhoods, stewards creeks and watersheds, and provides hands-on nature education. Along the bay, Grassroots Ecology is working with the local community to restore native plants at Cooley Landing and along the Bay Trail at the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve in East Palo Alto in partnership with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, the City of East Palo Alto.

We also heard from Colin Dudley, Regional Manager at Ducks Unlimited, a major partner that manages infrastructure of the Ravenswood Pond Complex. Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. They are now the world’s largest and most effective private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization.

In partnership with Ducks Unlimited, the State Coastal Conservancy, and US Fish & Wildlife, we have restored 25 acres of transition zone habitat along the R4 Pond. Additional partners who have supported this work include: City of Menlo Park, West Bay Sanitary District, South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project.

If you’d like to learn more about the large-scale restoration projects Save The Bay is taking on, we invite you to read out Bay Stories the All-American Canal Project and the recent levee breach that expanded San Francisco Bay by 300 acres.

Tell California Leaders to Fund Shoreline Restoration

The State Legislature is developing a bond measure for the November 2024 ballot that will help prepare California for the impacts of climate change. Tell state leaders to make this a priority.

Climate Conversations is a series of events bringing together climate leaders from throughout the region. Across this series, we will delve into the challenges facing the Bay Area, and the solutions we can implement to ensure our region is resilient to sea level rise and climate change.

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