Dutch Slough Special Trail Opening
The public is invited to access the Dutch Slough restoration project from the Marsh Creek Trail. A one-mile segment of the trail will be open to pedestrians only (sorry, no dogs). To take advantage of this opportunity, meet at the old pedestrian bridge across Marsh Creek at the intersection of the Marsh Creek and Big Break Shoreline. River Partners and CA Dept. of Water Resources staff will be stationed along the trail for questions.
Cyclist will not be permitted to access the site on June 3 but are welcome to park their bikes at the meeting point and join others accessing the site on foot. If you are a cyclist or a member of a cycling club who would like to ride through the Dutch Slough site in the future, please email email@example.com with your contact information
More information about Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration:
Freshwater tidal marshland, a particular type of wetland found along rivers near the ocean, once wove through hundreds of thousands of acres across the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which is the largest delta on the west coast of the Americas.
These marshes are not only teeming with diverse wildlife, but they filter runoff and pollutants from water, prevent erosion, build soil to buffer sea-level rise, sequester carbon, protect nearby towns from flood damage, and provide nursery habitat for juvenile salmon. Not to mention, they provide breathtaking vistas and recreational opportunities for people to connect with nature.
Today, very little estuary marsh habitat remains—only about 2%, at the most. It’s critical we actively re-establish the rich ecological network of these essential wetlands, and fast. Many native species who depend on tidal marshes are on the brink of extinction, such as salmon and Delta smelt.
River Partners is proud to have partnered with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for years on major efforts to revitalize the Delta. The Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration aims to serve declining native wildlife species, provide a living laboratory to further scientific understanding of ecological restoration in the Delta, and provide public shoreline access, education, and recreational opportunities.