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What was once lush and thriving

Bay Sarina Katz – Restore America’s Estuaries – September 10, 2019
A groundbreaking report recently published by NOAA and its partners uses new technology and data to determine that West Coast estuaries have lost nearly 85% of their historical acreage. According to the study, estuaries in California, Oregon, and Washington once covered nearly 2 million acres, an area three times the size of Rhode Island. As humans began altering and developing the land in the early 1800s to support the Industrial Revolution, the size of these tidelands drastically decreased. This lush tidal vegetation supports an array of birds and wildlife, and serves as critical nursery habitat for juvenile salmon and steelhead making their way from freshwater to the sea. Read full story here.

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