The EPA's San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund Awards $1 Million Grant to the Presidio to Restore Quartermaster Reach

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Improvements expand restored segment of Tennessee Hollow Watershed

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Presidio Trust, working in partnership with the National Park Service—have been selected to receive a $1,000,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) to restore a key segment of the Tennessee Hollow Watershed in the Presidio of San Francisco. The EPA is awarding $6.5 million in grants to state and local agencies and nonprofit organizations to restore water quality and wetlands throughout the San Francisco Bay watershed. Grants range from $75,000 to $1.5 million and will support 10 projects that prevent pollution, restore streams and tidal marshes, and manage floodwaters in an environmentally sound manner.

“EPA is excited to partner with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the Presidio Trust, and the National Park Service to restore wetlands in the Presidio," said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Our work will show that creating wildlife corridors from the Bay to the forest can be done, even here, in the highly urban setting of San Francisco."

Quartermaster Reach is located at the downstream end of the Presidio’s largest watershed, Tennessee Hollow, at the interface between fresh and saltwater flows. Once part of an extensive marsh system, the 8-acre site is currently a sea of asphalt, utilities, and buildings. The creek is contained in a 72-inch buried storm drain, and there are no visible signs of the area’s former ecological diversity. This project will bring back rare tidal and brackish marsh, provide an ecological corridor connecting the restored Thompson’s Reach with Crissy Field Marsh, and provide public access through a new trail and boardwalk with interpretive features.

“Thanks to EPA’s generous support, we are closer to realizing the potential of the Presidio’s watershed as a place of beauty, ecological richness, and educational programming,” said Craig Middleton, Presidio Trust Executive Director.

Specifically, this project will restore:

  •     1,050 feet of creek channel
  •     3.3 acres of dune-coastal scrub upland, and
  •     4.7 acres of previously buried tidal marsh adjacent to the Crissy Field wetland

“The reconstruction of Doyle Drive (Presidio Parkway) offers a fantastic opportunity to dramatically transform the entire northern edge of the Presidio and reconnect the interior of the park to the northern waterfront at Crissy Field—with enhanced pedestrian and recreational options—which will encourage visitors to enjoy these remarkable places of natural beauty and history,” said Greg Moore, President and CEO of the Parks Conservancy. “This restoration effort is a critical part of the plan to revive an entire urban watershed as part of the Presidio’s transformation from military post to park.”

The project will be completed in phases, with the first major phase set to begin early in 2013. The project will be substantially complete by fall 2016, with community stewardship and scientific monitoring continuing for years.

For more information, please visit Quartermaster Reach Project Website: http://www.presidio.gov/about/Pages/quartermaster-reach-planning.aspx and the SF Bay Water Quality Improvement Projects: http://www.epa.gov/region9/water/watershed/sfbaywqfund/

About the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
The Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. The Conservancy is an authorized “cooperating association” of the National Park Service, and is one of more than 70 such nonprofit organizations working with national parks around the country. To learn more, please visit http://www.parksconservancy.org or call (415) 561-3000.

About the Environmental Protection Agency
The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment. EPA's purpose is to ensure that:

  •     all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn, and work;
  •     national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information;
  •     federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively;
  •     environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy;
  •     all parts of society—communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local, and tribal governments—have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks;
  •     environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable, and economically productive; and
  •     the United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment.

About the Presidio Trust
The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park site located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. Today, over 2,700 people live in the park’s former military housing, and more than 200 organizations have located in Presidio buildings, attracted by the Presidio’s beauty and historic significance. Under the Trust’s management, the Presidio has been transformed into a stunning visitor destination with an extensive system of trails and scenic overlooks; rehabilitated historic buildings; programs that teach about the Presidio’s military history and natural resources, and tenants and residents who help to sustain the park.

About the National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior charged with managing the preservation and public use of America’s most significant natural, scenic, historic, and cultural treasures. The NPS manages the Golden Gate National Parks, as well as 395 other park sites across the U.S. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/goga or call (415) 561-4700.

Media Contacts
David Shaw
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy;
415-561-3064; dshaw(at)parksconservancy(dot)org

Dana Polk
Presidio Trust
(415) 561-2710; DPolk(at)presidiotrust(dot)gov

Luisa Valiela
Environmental Protection Agency
415-972-3400; Valiela.Luisa(at)epamail(dot)epa.gov

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