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Port of Oakland Transfers Damon Slough Wetlands to District

7/23/2012

Port of Oakland Celebrates Restoration and Transfer of Damon Slough Wetlands to East Bay Regional Park District

Ceremonial signing at site as Port transfers nearly 8.5 acres of valuable seasonal habitat to the Park District

Who:  East Bay Regional Park District Boardmember Doug Siden, Port Executive Director Omar R. Benjamin, Port Director of Environmental Programs and Planning Richard Sinkoff

What:   Brief program with speakers; ceremonial grant deed signing; celebratory cake cutting; brief tour of Damon Slough wetlands and Save the Bay Nursery.

When:  Monday, July 23, 2012, 1:30 pm - 2:15 p.m. (including guided walk)

Where:  Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Park in Oakland; Entrance on Edgewater Drive in the Airport Business Park area (Parking at end of Edgewater Drive inside park entrance); alternative parking at 66th Ave. Exit off of SB 880 (Walk over Damon Slough pedestrian bridge, turn right toward Garretson Point and you will see the event – about one block from the parking lot); Damon Slough Seasonal Wetlands is accessible via BART/AC Transit and by bicycle via the Bay Trail; For latest transit connections, please check the "511" website (www.511.org) for times and departures of AC Transit buses from the Coliseum BART station.  For the Bay Trail, please check the Association of Bay Area Governments website (www.abag.ca.gov)

Map of area

Why:  Damon Slough is among the most valuable ecological areas of the bay shoreline because of the need for seasonal upland wetlands. The Port of Oakland undertook the design, restoration and monitoring of the site as mitigation for a runway overlay project at Oakland International Airport in 2002.  The Port has successfully completed all permit requirements and has monitored the site for over five years to ensure the viability of the location as seasonal wetlands. This wetlands project is a great example of what can be accomplished by government agencies, the environmental community, and interested citizens working together for a common goal.

Photo Ops:  Speakers with Damon Slough as backdrop; Ceremonial grant deed signing; ceremonial cake-cutting; Damon Slough wildlife area; Save the Bay nursery.
About the Port of Oakland:

The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport, and 20 miles of waterfront. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. Together, through Port operations and those of its tenants and users, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.


Robert Bernardo
(510) 627-1401
rbernardo@portoakland.com

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