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Giacomini Wetlands

Giacomini Wetlands

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…

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Bolinas Lagoon

Bolinas Lagoon

Bolinas Lagoon is a small, shallow estuary located directly along the San Andreas Fault, 15 miles northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge. Covering less than 1,500 acres, the triangular lagoon is 3.5 miles long and 1 mile across at its widest. It is protected from the Pacific Ocean by a long spit which terminates at the lagoon’s mouth, its lifeline to the sea. Like an enormous aquatic lung, the lagoon breathes in sea water on rising tides, and exhales a…

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