Tour the Caltrans wetlands restoration in Montara Tuesday

Posted by on Sat, April 29, 2006

Barry Parr
Work has progressed significantly since this picture was taken in October, 2005.

Caltrans is taking the Half Moon Bay City Council, planning commissioners, staff, and interested citizens on a tour of its wetlands mitigation project in Montara on Tuesday, May 2.  Caltrans’s karma (OK, the law) demands that it provide new wetlands in exchange for wetlands taken by building the Devil’s Slide Tunnel.  It’s restoring and creating five acres of wetlands in Montara, across Highway 1 from the old Charthouse. This includes removing soil, adding native plants, removing non-natives, and creating seasonal ponds.  The tour group is meeting at 5:00pm at "the parking area on the ocean side of the chain link fence across the highway and the northern end of Montara", and will carpool from there.

Thanks to this article, we and a neighbor who happened to be at the beach meeting point participated in this very informative tour. It was a great way to walk & talk the project, meet the folks from Caltrans, POST, Go Native, etc. and neighbors, and enjoy a balmy afternoon. This seasonal wetland in protected land will be a wonderful resource.