GFNMS and our partner agencies Marin County Parks and the National Park Service, in coordination with BLAC, recognize that community support and involvement plays a central role in the restoration of Bolinas Lagoon. In an effort to reinforce that community participation we host public meetings and lectures to inform and educate the public about current restoration efforts and future project plans. Scroll down to read about the release of a recent Bolinas Lagoon Restoration Project Design Review Group summary, a recent climate change presentation by Ellie Cohen from Point Blue, the first ever State of the Lagoon meeting in September, 2013 and past lectures and Town Hall meetings.
2017 State of the Lagoon Meeting
The third annual State of the Lagoon meeting will focus on the status and next steps of the North End Wetlands Enhancement and Sea Level Rise Adaptation Project, situated at the lagoon's north basin and connecting upland streams (Lewis and Wilkins creeks) surrounding the intersection of Highway 1, Olema-Bolinas Road and the shortcut "Y" road. For more information on project goals and objectives visit our Project Updates page. The State of the Lagoon Meeting will be held in 2017. All meeting details will be posted here so be sure to revisit this page!
Second Annual State of the Lagoon Meeting
On January 22, 2015 the second annual State of the Lagoon meeting brought agencies and communities together to revisit the history of the lagoon and announce a major restoration project for its future. Over 150 community members attended the Bolinas Lagoon Advisory Council hosted event at the Stinson Beach Community Center. One of the evening's highlights included a printed timeline stretching back to 1834 depicting the natural and man-made events that have shaped Bolinas Lagoon. Beautiful historical photos, compliments of the Bolinas Museum, put the restoration effort into context and remind us of the great progress we have made over the past few decades in comparison to generations of degradation that came before us. Check out the timeline (10.7 MB) or visit the Bolinas Museum, Seadrift Homeowners Association office, Stinson Beach Historical Society, or Audubon Canyon Ranch to get your hands on a printed copy and take a trip back in time!
In addition to the historical look back, the meeting also included discussion from Marin County staff about the next major restoration project for Bolinas Lagoon, restoration of the north basin near the shortcut road, or the Bolinas "Y". The County and its partners (Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Point Reyes National Seashore) seek to restore the northern portion of the lagoon not only for the rehabilitation of wetland and riparian habitat, but to also improve road safety in the area. For more information about the North End Restoration Project visit our Project Updates page.
Community Lecture: Climate Change, What Does it Mean for Your Neighborhood?
On January 28th, 2014 president and CEO of Point Blue Conservation Science, Ellie Cohen, presented the latest science behind climate change, potential future changes for the San Francisco Bay Area, and probable local impacts for Bolinas Lagoon. After the presentation, discussion about local response to these changes gave community members a unique opportunity to gain expert advise and insight from one of the leaders in addressing climate change. Ellie, along with audience members hydrologist Rachel Kamman and physical scientist Peter Gleckler, a contributing author to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, discussed different types of nature-based actions. From large scale restoration projects to small changes you can make in your own backyard, Ellie, Rachel, and Peter empowered the community with case study examples that will help the area prepare and adjust to future changes. The lecture was a great opportunity for the public to interact with these scientists and gain a better understanding of how and why climate cycles are changing, along with the thinking behind effective ways for anticipating and adapting to those changes.
Learn this great information by viewing Ellie's presentation (4.9 MB).
2013 State of the Lagoon Meeting
The first ever State of the Lagoon meeting was held September 19, 2013 at the Stinson Beach Community Center and was a huge success! Over 140 community members turned out to peruse the community center, visit information booths, and talk directly to project managers about the restoration topics that interest them most. Booths were hosted by local organizations such as Audubon Canyon Ranch, the Bolinas Museum, and the Bodega Marine Lab as well as managing agencies Marin County Parks and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Topics at each booth included: 1) the Kent Island restoration project; 2) green crab removal at Seadrift; 3) management, maintenance, and response plans; 4) Bolinas Lagoon mapping; 5) coastal monitoring at Duxbury reef and surveys at Stinson Beach, and; 6) Bolinas Lagoon invasive spartina removal. The evening was the perfect way for community members to mingle directly with the managers, planners, and people that work to restore and manage the beautiful natural resource of Bolinas Lagoon.
Bolinas Lagoon Restoration Project Design Review Group Meeting
Thanks to a San Francisco Bay Joint Venture opportunity, in July 2013 a group of expert scientists, community members, and managing partners met to discuss restoration projects from within the Locally Preferred Plan (LPP). At the meeting, discussion of climate change science shed light on the need and feasibility of LPP projects and identified new overriding scientific issues impacting lagoon ecosystem function, namely accelerated sea level rise and sediment management. Although still the guiding document for restoration planning, inclusion of these new scientific issues influences LPP project designs and priorities. For more information about the July, 2013 meeting read the one-page executive summary (80 KB PDF) and draft white paper (552 KB PDF) describing these new scientific issues and detailing the design review group's conceptual and project priority recommendations.
2012 Community Lecture: Invasive Spartina at Bolinas Lagoon
On May 16th, 2012 Katy Zaremba and Drew Kerr from the SF Estuary Invasive Spartina Project presented to the community about the history and presence of invasive Spartina, commonly known as cordgrass, at Bolinas Lagoon. In coordination with the Greater Farallones Association and BLAC agency partners, the presentation educated the community about how non-native invasive vegetation can alter the physical and biological features of our coastal resources and, particularly for Bolinas Lagoon, pose significant threats to habitat and species. The lecture informed the public on efforts to protect the lagoon from invasive vegetation, and taught the community how they can be on the lookout for potential plant invaders in their own backyard.
To read about the history and presence of Spartina at Bolinas Lagoon download Katy's presentation (3.1MB PDF). For more information about the San Francisco Estuary Invasive Spartina Project sites and Spartina removal methods download Drew's presentation (3.2MB PDF).
2011 Town Hall Meeting
On May 10, 2011 representatives from Marin County Open Space District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Caltrans, and the Bodega Marine Laboratory presented to the community on the status and future of restoration projects for Bolinas Lagoon. Presentation topics included the Caltrans roadwork on Highway 1, invasive species removal projects, and oil spill response planning. To view the power point presented at the meeting, click HERE (5.2MB PDF).
2009 Town Hall Meeting:
The Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, in partnership with Marin County Open Space District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Caltrans held a public meeting on July 30, 2009. Information was presented about current and future planned projects associated with Bolinas Lagoon Ecosystem Restoration. Details surrounding project prioritization, processes, and timelines were discussed. A panel of agency representatives was also on hand to answer questions from the audience.