In response to threats of large-scale developments on Albany and Berkeley shorelines,local environmentalists banded together in 1985 to form the Citizens for East Shore Parks (CESP) to fight for a shoreline park.

The culmination of CESP's vision came on December 6, 2002, when the State Park's Commission unanimously approved the Eastshore State Park. The 8.5-mile-long Park contains 2,000 acres of uplands and tidelands along the waterfront of Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville, Albany and Richmond.

CESP continues to work to preserve the natural resources and facilitate the recreational and educational opportunities of the east shore of San Francisco Bay, creating a necklace of shoreline parks from Oakland to the Carquinez Strait.

On April 16, 2011 we celebrated the completion of the Berkeley Meadow Restoration at Eastshore State Park and honored Sylvia McLaughlin and Dwight Steele, founding members of CESP.

Remarks by Robert Cheasty, Honoring Sylvia McLaughlin & Dwight Steele


Climate change: Sea rise could kill vital marshes

American avocets, which are frequently seen in tidal marshes, fly into a Petaluma marsh.

The critical tidal marshes of San Francisco Bay - habitat for tens of thousands of birds and other animals - will virtually disappear within a century if the sea rises as high as some scientists predict it will as a result of global warming.

The sea would inundate the coastline and eliminate 93 percent of the bay's tidal wetlands if carbon emissions continue unchecked and the ocean rises 5.4 feet, as predicted by scientists under a worst-case scenario, according to a new study by PRBO Conservation Science.

The tidal areas closest to the Golden Gate, including Richardson Bay in Marin County and much of the East Bay coastline, were identified as most vulnerable to sea level rise.

"Marshes cannot keep up with the high-end sea level rise predictions," said Diana Stralberg, a research associate with PRBO, also known as the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, and the lead author of the study, which was published Wednesday in the online science journal PLoS One.

"If we can't slow down sea level rise," said Stralberg, who is working on a doctorate degree at the University of Alberta, "we will need to identify and protect areas where marshes can migrate to."

The researchers measured the depth of mud, sediment and plant material in the existing marshes along the San Francisco Bay coastline and analyzed the impact on the wetlands under a variety of different scenarios.

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Letters to the editor, Nov. 6

Sylvia McLaughlin

Regarding environmental activist Sylvia McLaughlin ("Honoring a lifetime of battling to save bay," Oct. 31):

I have to tell you she was an inspiration to me, and I never even met her. Some years back, I clipped a picture of her snapped by one of your staff photographers, Lea Suzuki. The image is of her sitting in an oak tree.

That day, she, all of 91, and her buddies Shirley Dean, 71, and Betty Olds, 86, (former Berkeley city officials), were trying to save the beloved oak grove adjacent to Cal's Memorial Stadium from being torn down to make way for a new athletic training center.

I didn't necessarily support that cause, but seeing that image of a little old lady making her voice heard inspired me to stand up for my own beliefs and to do what I can to make this world a better place.

Thank you, Sylvia.

Gina Jausoro, San Francisco

This article appeared on page F - 11 of the San Francisco Chronicle


Local environmentalists speak out against plans for huge development on Albany Shoreline
See some of what speakers had to say Sept. 19, 2011, during the public comment period of Monday's City Council meeting related to development at Golden Gate Fields >>

Good things happen when SF Bay marshes are protected and restored: A lesson for the North Richmond Shoreline

Clapper rails, like this one at Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland, are rare. Bird watchers are thrilled by the nesting pair in S.F.

A nesting pair of California clapper rails and their two chicks have been confirmed in San Francisco's Heron's Head Park, the first time in decades that the endangered chicken-like bird has been documented breeding in the city.

The discovery has Bay Area birders in a flutter, particularly considering the location of the feathered family. The shy, marsh-loving waterfowl were nesting in a restored wetland near Hunters Point, an area not normally associated with a well-functioning ecosystem.

"It's not pristine habitat and there are a lot of predators around, so this may not be the perfect situation, but it shows that if you create habitat for these creatures, they will move in and breed," said Alan Hopkins, the past president of the Golden Gate Audubon Society and an organizer of the annual San Francisco bird count. "This is a success story."

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Albany Visioning Chooses Open Space

The Albany community has come together for open space and recreation for the Albany Waterfront, envisioning only nominal "green" development for its shoreline.

On April 19, 2010, the Albany City Council unanimously voted to accept the Voices to Vision Report and to treat it as a living planning document that reflects Albany residents' waterfront vision. Mayor Joanne Wile joined the Council in praising the public participants and Fern Tiger & Associates for their hard work and dedication to producing an open, inclusive, comprehensive process and result.

Albany began this intensive two-year process to develop a community vision for the waterfront at the urging of environmentalists, including Citizens for East Shore Parks (CESP), the Sierra Club, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Citizens for the Albany Shoreline (CAS) and other community leaders.

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April 19 - Visioning Presentation


Stay tuned to this project which will celebrate a memorable gateway to Oakland, a new park, and an access point for pedestrians and cyclist crossing the new Bay Bridge East Span.

For more information:

In the News: Big ideas sought for Oakland Bay Bridge park

Grand Plans for Gateway Park: Landmark Park at Eastern foot of Bay Bridge

SOUTH BAY: Environmentalists Fight Redwood City Project

Environmental leaders are gearing up for a protracted fight over plans to build a 30,000-resident development at the Redwood City salt flats.

More than 90 current and former elected Bay Area officials last week demanded that Redwood City immediately halt the Saltworks project, which would bring up to 12,000 housing units, offices and retail to the shoreline.

"We all have a stake in what happens in Redwood City," said Contra Costa County supervisor John Gioia. "It's about habitat, biological diversity. The bay defines our quality of life and who we are."
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