North Richmond Shoreline is one of San Francisco Bay's most important
spectacular shoreline stretches from Wildcat Creek Marsh north
to Pt. Pinole and contains 500 acres of tidal marsh, 800 acres
of mudflats, and the largest eelgrass bed in the San Francisco
Bay. Eelgrass provides essential habitat to fish and foraging
birds such as the California least tern, an endangered species.
Wildcat, San Pablo, and Rheem Creeks all flow into the shoreline.
The value of the North Richmond
Shoreline is that it has so many different types of habitat that
are lost in many other parts of the Bay. That means that the Shoreline
can support many types of animals that are missing elsewhere in
the region. In the past 150 years, we have lost nearly 95% of our
tidal marsh around the Bay. North Richmond has lost more than half
of its tidal marshes, but it still has 550 acres of this very productive
Underwater on the North
Richmond Shoreline are 1,500 acres of eelgrass meadows – that’s
about half of all the eelgrass in the entire Bay. Eelgrass is
a long-bladed grass that is one of the most productive marine
habitats in the world. It is where young salmon and herring grow
to be large fish.
the North Richmond Shoreline has been built upon, but nearly thousand
acres of upland habitat remain, mostly in Point Pinole Regional
Shoreline. All of these different habitat types together make for
an incredible natural treasure worthy of protecting.
a valuable portion of Richmond's 32 miles of shoreline - the longest
of any city in the Bay Area. The shoreline is home to numerous
shorebirds and the shallow waters are a critical habitat for diverse
aquatic life including oysters, Pacific herring, lingcod, and salmon.
The area is a habitat for the
California clapper rail and salt marsh harvest mouse, both endangered
species, and three candidates for federal endangered status: the
black rail, salt marsh wandering shrew, and the San Pablo vole. Great
egrets, white-tailed kites, and great blue herons, all species
of concern, also call the shoreline home.