This kayaking tour of the San Rafael Creek will paddle to the Living Shorelines Project which re-introduces native oysters and eel grass into the Bay as a form of shoreline protection. Along the way will observe tidal wetlands, wildlife, and native plants and hear about measures to grow wetlands throughout the Bay to make our Baylands more resilient to a changing climate. We will also discuss dredging in the San Rafael canal and learn about how dredged sediment can be used to regenerate wetlands. Participants will be introduced to community led oyster gardening and shell recycling programs, helping to inform how they can become involved in local advocacy. A “shuck your own” oyster picnic, provided by Hog Island Oyster Company, will end the day. These shells will help to build the Living Shorelines of the future. This tour is part of the “Living With Water” series, created by the Studio for Urban Projects/Bionic Team for the Resilient By Design Bay Area Challenge. Participation is limited to 40 and is open to the public free of charge.
Date: Sunday May 6, 2018
Location: 101 Surf Sports, 115 Third St, San Rafael
Distance: 2 mile paddle
Bring: water, hat, sunscreen, layers and a snack
Registration: This event is open to the public and free of charge. However, participation is limited to 40 participants.
Diana Benner, Founder of the Watershed Nursery & canal resident
Sharon Barnett, Naturalist and Founder of Marin Nature Adventures
Ben Botkin, San Francisco Water/Bay Trail Planner
Katharyn Boyer, Professor of Biology, Estuary & Ocean Science Center and Lead Scientist for the Living Shorelines Project
Brenda Goeden, Sediment Program Manager for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission BCDC
Marilyn Latta, Project Manager California Coastal Conservancy
Douglas Mundo, Founder and Executive Director Canal Welcome Center