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The first of four breaches of tidal levees separating Cullinan Ranch from the tide waters of San Francisco Bay. (NOAA)

The first of four breaches of tidal
levees separating Cullinan Ranch
from the tide waters of
San Francisco Bay. (NOAA)

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NOAA and Partners Reunite a Former Wetland with San Francisco Bay's Tides

January 2015 - On January 6th, a bright yellow excavator released a rush of brackish water into an area cut off from the tides for more than a hundred years. The 1,200 acre field now filling with water, known as Cullinan Ranch due to its history as a hay farm, is once again becoming a tidal wetland.

With three more levee breaches planned by the end of January, restoration of this 1,500 acre site is nearly complete, with efforts to monitor the project's progress to follow. NOAA funding of this restoration partial came from a $2.65 million settlement with Chevron as a result of the nearby Chevron Richmond Refinery discharging mercury and oil pollution into Castro Cove for years.


Athos I spilling crude oil into the Delaware River (NOAA)

Athos I spilling crude oil into the
Delaware River (NOAA)

Athos I Oil Spill on the Delaware River: Ten Years Later

November 2014 - This month marks 10 years since the Athos I Oil Spill on the Delaware River. On 26 November 2004, the single-hulled tanker unknowingly struck a large, submerged anchor while preparing to dock at a refinery in Paulsboro, New Jersey. The anchor punctured the vessel's bottom, resulting in the discharge of nearly 265,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River and nearby tributaries. Approximately 280 miles of shoreline were oiled in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, and over 11,500 birds were killed.

NOAA, along with other federal, state, and local agencies, assessed the environmental and recreational impacts of the spill and, in 2010, received $27.5 million for restoration. This money is funding 10 restoration projects that will improve the environment and economy around the Delaware River watershed.

Learn more about the spill and how the restoration projects benefit coastal communities, local economies, and natural resources.


Bouchard Barge

Bouchard Barge

Public, Environment to Benefit from $4.25 Million in Restoration for Barge Oil Spill

October 2014 - NOAA and co-trustee agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and State of Rhode Island have released the Final Programmatic Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the B-120 Buzzards Bay Oil Spill. This plan includes using $4.25 million in settlement funds for 19 projects in MA and RI to address shoreline and aquatic resource injuries and lost recreational coastal access and uses.

Projects include marsh restoration, conservation mooring installation, dam removal, walking trails and access improvements, land acquisition for public access and use, boat ramp reconstruction and multiple municipal projects for restoring or enhancing quahog, bay scallop, and oyster populations and recreational shellfishing.


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