FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Oakland, Calif., March 8, 2023)—Audubon California announced today that Casey Arndt, director of its Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Tiburon, has been named to the advisory board of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. The California legislature created the authority in 2008 to locate sources of funding for restoring coastal habitat and creating resilience to flooding around San Francisco Bay.
“My appointment to the advisory board is a recognition of the work we and our partners do every day at Richardson Bay and in nearby communities,” said Arndt. “Stretching back to the Gold Rush, San Francisco Bay has been degraded by everything from placer mining to salt extraction to urban landfill on what used to be coastal marshes. But the Bay is still home to eelgrass beds that provide a nursery for the fish that are a lynchpin in local marine ecosystems, salt marshes that provide a buffer for birds and communities against climate change-driven flooding, and much more worth protecting. I’m proud to be part of that effort.”
"Casey came to Audubon as a voice for youth and outdoor education, and in her time here, she’s become a powerful voice for Bay Area conservation, as well,” said Dr. Madhavi Colton, executive director of Audubon California. “We’re thrilled – though not surprised – that the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority has recognized Casey’s contributions and expertise.”
Past projects of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority have included the planning of a “living levee” to protect communities in Richmond from flooding, marsh restorations in Suisun and San Pablo Bays, and creating habitat designs that protect portions of the Bay Trail from sea level rise.
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