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November 15, 2016 > Breuner Marsh re-named in honor of Dotson Family

Breuner Marsh re-named in honor of Dotson Family

Submitted By Carolyn Jones

The East Bay Regional Park District board of directors on Tuesday voted unanimously to re-name Breuner Marsh, a 60-acre wetland at Pt. Pinole Regional Park, after the Dotson family for their long-standing efforts to save the Richmond shoreline from development.

The former Breuner Marsh was, at various times, slated for housing, an airport, industrial complex and transit center. But thanks in part to the Dotson family and residents of the adjacent Parchester Village neighborhood, those plans were defeated and in 2011 the land was acquired by the Park District following a three-year eminent domain case.

ÒThis was all possible because of decades of community engagement for environment justice in an area impacted for so long by industrial uses,Ó said Park District General Manager Robert Doyle. ÒThe Dotson family and other Richmond residents worked hard for this project, and weÕre thrilled to honor them this way.Ó

The marsh is currently undergoing an extensive, $14 million habitat restoration thatÕs being funded by more than 10 agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and through Measures CC and WW. When the restoration is complete, the marsh will be a self-sustaining wetland complex that will filter polluted run-off and provide habitat for high-quality native plants and threatened and endangered species.

The project also includes a 1.5-mile extension of the San Francisco Bay Trail, a 24-space parking lot and two new trails, to be named the China Clipper Spur Trail and Cordgrass Jetty Trail.

ÒThis is a tremendous honor,Ó said East Bay Regional Park District director Whitney Dotson, whose family has been on the forefront of Richmond environmental advocacy and justice for many decades. ÒThis beautiful marsh is an asset not just for Richmond residents but the entire Bay Area.Ó

The restoration is expected to be complete in late spring, 2017.

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