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$1.5 million granted for Mountain View phase of Baylands restoration project

By Sue Dremann, Palo Alto Weekly, April 1, 2022

“A $1.5 million federal grant to fully fund a wetlands restoration feasibility study to protect against flooding and improve wildlife habitat was announced on [March 31st] by U.S. Reps. Anna Eshoo and Ro Khanna.

“The project will help mitigate flooding from the bay caused by sea level rise, restore critical wildlife habitat, and provide additional recreational opportunities to the community.

“According to earlier Shoreline Project reports, San Francisco Bay has lost 90 percent of its wetlands and watershed due to conversion of bayland to industrial uses, salt ponds, and development.

“The Phase III project is part of the broader, more than a half-billion-dollar South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Project, which seeks to make vital improvements in Santa Clara County along 18 miles of shoreway from Alviso in the south to San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto. The Phase III project feasibility study is the first step in protecting critical infrastructure, including U.S. Highway 101, NASA Ames Research Center, and Moffett Federal Airfield, along with multiple businesses in the shoreline corridor, such as the Google campus.

“[A Dec. 20, 2021, letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from Reps. Eshoo, Khanna, Zoe Lofgren, Jimmy Panetta, and other congressional members requested over $100 million in funding] for future phases of wetland restoration and adaptive management in Alviso and the south bay, as well as the recently secured $1.5 million to fully fund the feasibility study for Shoreline Phase III.”

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