The Mt. View Sanitary District (MVSD) hosted a public re-opening celebration of Moorhen Marsh on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Martinez. This family-friendly event featured Master of Ceremonies Doug McConnell, host of OpenRoad with Doug McConnell! and educational wildlife programs including bird walks, dip-netting for children, and live animal presentations.
Originally constructed in 1974, the marsh represents an innovative design that created the west coast’s first wetlands that relied primarily on treated wastewater. The project also preserved critical habitat for wildlife including western pond turtle, North American river otter, mink, North American beaver, and many species of birds.
In 2010, WRA partnered with MVSD and Wildlife Engineering Services on a 2-year project which involved wetland and riparian habitat improvements. Together, the team created a master plan for Moorhen Marsh that included a wetland restoration program, education and public access facilities, levee reconstruction, and invasive weed control.
The historic 21-acre wetland is now enhanced with visitor amenities including ADA walking trails, a new boardwalk and viewing platform, dip-netting areas for students, 10 interpretive panels, and picnic areas.
For more information on the marsh, please visit the project website.