An award-winner of the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, the climate adaptation project addresses sea level rise
FREMONT – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will deliver a ceremonial check Thursday morning for an Alameda Creek restoration project that will redesign 6.5 miles of the creek and channel to reconnect it to the baylands and balance the needs of people, fish, and wildlife.
Wieckowski secured roughly $31.4 million in this year’s state budget for the project, which was an award-winner of the Resilient by Design Challenge. Alameda Creek is the largest local tributary that feeds the bay. But sediment remains stuck in the flood control channel and is unable to make it to the baylands where it is needed for marsh and mudflat accretion.
“This project will help us address the challenges posed by climate change and sea level rise, while enhancing and protecting the habitat for wildlife,” said Wieckowski, the chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation. “By building up the sediment where it is needed, we can restore the wetlands and create a healthier Alameda Creek for the public to enjoy.”
Who: Sen. Bob Wieckowski, Amanda Brown-Stevens (Greenbelt Alliance), Rohin Saleh (Alameda County Flood Control District), Resilient by Design Team
What: Alameda Creek Active Channel Project press conference
Where: End of Sycamore Street, at Alameda Creek, (off of Niles Blvd.), Fremont
When: 10 a.m., Thursday, September 26, 2019
Visuals: (Mock check for the project)