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The next phase of the Napa Marsh

Congressman Mike Thompson attends signing ceremony
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  • Mark Biddlecomb, director of operations for DU’s Western Region, talks to U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson at the Napa Plant project site.
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A newly signed agreement between the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is paving the way for the final phase of a 20-year restoration effort on the Napa Marsh. 

A small but prestigious group of partners and supporters gathered at the Napa Plant project site in Napa, Calif., in October to celebrate the joint affiliation. 

In addition to CDFG and the Corps, the California Coastal Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited and U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson were on-site for the occasion.

“This project represents a remarkable recovery of one of the San Francisco Bay’s great wetlands,” Thompson said. “After nearly 20 years, we can finally see the finish line. Because of our efforts, wildlife is being protected and our kids and grandkids will be able to enjoy all this area has to offer.” 

Mark Biddlecomb, director of operations for DU’s Western Region, praised the Napa Sonoma Marshes Project as a great example of partnership and collaboration.

“We’re well aware of the level of effort taken by project partners to sign this momentous agreement, particularly the roles of California Department of Fish and Game, State Coastal Conservancy and Army Corps of Engineers,” he said. “More than 6,400 acres of habitat have been restored the past few years here and this project will cap those efforts. The collaborative work on this project will benefit those of us here, those of us who come here to get away from it all, those of us too young to drive themselves here and those of us yet to join this world.”

DU has already managed the first two phases of restoration of these former commercial salt ponds, which are located where the Napa River empties into the San Pablo Bay. Completed in 2006 and 2007, they are the largest area of wetlands to be restored in San Francisco Bay

The new restoration project involves the final 1,900 acres of the 10,000-acre wetland. It will begin in early 2013 and likely finish in 2016. 

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