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Bel Marin Keys V Wetland Restoration

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In 2019, the State Coastal Conservancy approved $20 million in funding for the first phase of the restoration construction of the Bel Marin Keys Unit V Restoration project.  The restoration will create new wetlands habitat for wildlife and provide flood protection for the community of Bel Marin Keys  in Novato, California. The project will restore an approximately 1,600-acre parcel to a mixture of tidal marsh, seasonal wetlands, alkali meadows, and uplands.

Phase 1 will construct 9 acres of seasonal alkali meadow, 16 acres of seasonal wetlands, and a new flood control levee to separate the restored tidal areas from non-tidal portions and adjacent residential development. Phase 2 will involve the restoration of approximately 1,000 acres of tidal marsh.

The project is being undertaken by the California Coastal Conservancy and is the first project that the Conservancy has managed through construction. WRA is part of the Construction Management team, assisting with implementing Phase 1 construction. This includes reviewing project plans and specifications for details necessary to successfully complete Phase 1 construction, managing environmental compliance requirements throughout construction, biological monitoring for sensitive species, construction oversight for alkali and seasonal wetland construction, and interface with the contractor for restoration goals.


Project Specifics


Construction began in late Summer 2019 with the construction of the levees that will mark the new edge of San Pablo Bay and is ongoing.

Detailed Services

Construction Management
Environmental Compliance Monitoring
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