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A flock flies near the Hamilton neighborhood of Novato. The Hamilton and Bel Marin Keys areas include thousands of acres of bird habitat. (Sherry LaVars/Special to Marin Independent Journal)

CA - State allots $1.4M for Novato wetlands restoration

A new habitat project plans to incorporate workforce training and education for Marin County residents into one of the North Bay’s largest ongoing wetland restoration efforts.

The California Coastal Conservancy backed the project this month with a more than $1.4 million allocation of Proposition 68 funds, which will pay for the bulk of the $2.1 million project. The funds went to the MarinLink nonprofit organization, which is sponsoring the project’s lead organization, the Novato Baylands Stewards.

Richmond resident Christina McWhorter, along with Mandy Meecham, Barbara Ball, Jake McVaugh and Kurt Andersen, founded the stewards program in 2019.

McWhorter has been working on the larger Hamilton Wetlands Restoration Project since 2008. After the project completes restoration of 2,600 acres of wetland and tideland marsh habitat near Hamilton and Bel Marin Keys, McWhorter said work will still need to continue and the community will need to step in.

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