Getting Muddy for Earth Day

Early this morning, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) joined Save The Bay and California Coastal Conservancy staff at Eden Landing for an Earth Day planting event.  Swalwell, who was elected to Congress in 2012, didn’t hesitate to get his hands dirty.

Rep. Swalwell gets muddy
Rep. Eric Swalwell gets muddy while he helps plant native vegetation at Eden Landing in Hayward.

In partnership with the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project and California Department of Fish and Game, Save The Bay is working to restore transition zone habitat adjacent to tidal wetlands at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay in Hayward.  We bring volunteers out for hands-on restoration and stewardship projects to improve habitat, furthering the connection between our communities and the Bay.

On this beautiful morning, Congressman Swalwell helped us plant Seaside Arrowgrass (Triglochin maritima), one of many species critical to the transition zone where dry land slopes down in to open waters.  Native plants like Arrowgrass thrive here, and provide critical habitat for threatened and endangered species like the Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse.

Want to come out and join us for a planting day?  Check out our public program calendar and reserve a spot today.