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Restored wetlands provide wildlife habitat and protect communities from sea level rise caused by climate change. Listen below to the personal impact of sea level rise on the South Bay community of Alviso. Healthy tidal marshes also provide habitat for sensitive species including river otters, which are now returning to Bay Area creeks. And around the Bay, restoration projects are reclaiming open spaces, from the Richmond shoreline to Candlestick Point.

Latino USA on National Public Radio 4/13/2012
Chuey Cazares has lived all of his 21 years in Alviso, California, a tiny hamlet, perched at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay. His close, extended Latino family has lived in this town for generations. Now sea level rise and storm surges brought on by climate change, threaten to inundate Alviso. Plans to save the town from flooding are underway, but the solution may be bitter sweet for Chuey and his family.
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San Francisco Chronicle 4/15/2012
River otters rebounding with hospitable habitat
It’s wild times in the watershed. The most happy-go-lucky denizen of Bay Area creeks is back, after a hiatus of at least three decades: the river otter.

Bay Nature 4/5/2012
Reclaiming the Richmond Shoreline
Travel along Richmond Parkway and you’ll witness a parade of progress and decay, nature and commerce. Evidence of industry past and present shares fence lines with blighted lots, tract housing, new developments–and plenty of open space. To the west are marshland, shoreline, and San Francisco Bay. To the east is urban North Richmond. Here in the space in between, residents of a working-class subdivision called Parchester Village fought for decades to keep a neighboring marsh undeveloped.

San Francisco Chronicle 4/15/2012
Fixing up Candlestick Point Recreation Area
Growing up, Reneka Jones capped off 49ers games with family barbecues in Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. She celebrated birthdays there, too, and fished and skipped stones across the waves.