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Contra Costa Wetlands Gifted $1 Million By Federal Govt.

PINOLE (KCBS) – Five coastal wetlands projects just received $5 million from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which includes $1 million for a project at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline in Contra Costa County.

The East Bay Regional Park District is planning to use the money on the Breuner Marsh Restoration Project, which is only in its first phase. Sixty-six acres of tidal and seasonal wetlands will be restored and enhanced through the project.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

”Well frankly, Point Pinole is my favorite shoreline park,” said Brad Olson, environmental programs manager for the East Bay Regional Park District. “When you get out there you have tremendous views of the Bay, and you can get away from a lot of the urban environment and really see a lot of wildlife.”

The award was among 24 grants announced by the Interior Department from its National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants Program.

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