For more than two decades, environmental groups and numerous agencies have worked to restore the wetlands at the former Hamilton Army Airfield. On Friday, the project achieved a significant milestone. Officials removed the old salt levee in San Pablo Bay and allowed the tidal waters to flow into the newly restored salt marshes of Novato.
Check out the video, supplied by the California State Coastal Conservancy.
"It's been a big project, lots of construction, lots of work. So we're celebrating that," said Tom Gandesbery the project manager with the Coastal Conservancy.
He said he's looking forward to the return of several species that were close to the brink of extinction, and to new access to the area. The public will be able to enjoy the open space on the new 2.6 mile Bay Trail now that the wetlands are officially open.