Albany Beach Restoration and Public Access Project - McLaughlin Eastshore State Park
|Project Type||Non-mitigation||Location||37.88924° N, -122.32047° W Map|
|Project Area (Acres)||5.07|
|575||JV - Record Number|
|Activity||Habitat||SubHabitat||Acres||Activity Status||Water Regime|
|Enhancement||Bay Habitat (SFBJV Only)||Beach||2.07||Completed||Fully tidal|
|Enhancement||Bay Habitat (SFBJV Only)||Beach||3.00||Planning/Scoping||Fully tidal|
|Albany Beach Restoration and Public Access - McLaughlin Eastshore State Park - Phase 1||Completed||2.07|
|Albany Beach Restoration and Public Access - McLaughlin Eastshore State Park - Phase 2||Planning/Scoping||3.00|
|Contact||Chris Barton||East Bay Regional Park District||Not applicable/Unknown|
|Contact||Tiffany Margulici||East Bay Regional Park District||Not applicable/Unknown|
|Enhancement||SCC State Coastal Conservancy||$1,461,173|
|Enhancement||East Bay Regional Park District||$100,000|
|Visit Date||Version||Site Name||Wetland Type||Index Score|
|The proposed project will enhance and expand Albany Beach, which is within McLaughlin Eastshore State Park, adjacent to Golden Gate Fields, in the City of Albany, California. It will remove existing debris and non-native vegetation, and import sand to expand the existing beach and adjacent dune complex to about five-acres. Improved public access to the beach will be provided by installation of new trails and fencing that will channel people to the beach while minimizing impacts to the dune complex. Interpretive exhibits will be installed and a picnic area, restroom and parking lot are planned to enhance recreational use of the area. Upland dune areas will be expanded by use of imported sand. Coastal beach and dune complexes have been virtually eliminated along the East Bay shoreline. In small, scattered locations beaches and dunes have been reestablishing. However, most of these areas lack any native vegetation. Many special-status plants historically occurred only in such areas, but are presently absent from the East Bay. Plants such as robust spineflower, Nuttal's locoweed and sea blite could be introduced into the protected beach and dune complex. Phase 1: East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) completed shoreline stabilization and construction of aquatic habitat enhancement features along 1800 feet of shoreline (South Albany Neck) at Albany Beach, part of the McLaughlin Eastshore State Park in San Francisco Bay. Shoreline stabilization was needed at the site to protect existing landfill materials against future sea level rise and present erosion conditions. Aquatic habitat enhancement features were created to provide shorebird foraging and roosting areas, as well as to create habitats to support native oysters and intertidal algal communities. The project included the construction of multiple habitat features along the shoreline including: a raised rock headland extending bayward from the shoreline, a pocket pebble beach adjacent to the rock headland, bird roosting islands, a crescent‐shaped reef of rock and oyster shell, and small porous tide pools created in old shoreline concrete flow terraces. These intertidal and subtidal features are expected to support native oysters, intertidal algal communities, and benthic invertebrates. In addition, the habitat features will increase the complexity of the shoreline from the present straight configuration and will create small protected area suitable to support greater eelgrass colonization. As of April 2017 (RA update), project goals are to enhance Albany Beach by arresting beach erosion, expanding dune and wetlands, constructing wetland and rain garden features to improve water quality, complete a key segment of the SF Bay Trail, expand shoreline access area available to the public and construct visitor amenities.|
|Name||File Type||Submitted On||Submitted By|
|East Bay Regional Park District Website||Other||2016-06-22||SFEI, SFEI|
How to Use the Habitat Development Curve
Habitat Development Curves (HDCs) are used to determine the developmental status and trajectory of on-the-ground projects to create, restore, or enhance California wetland and stream habitats. Each HDC is based on assessments of habitat condition for different age areas of one habitat type that in aggregate represent the full spectrum of habitat development. The assessments of condition are provided by expert applications of the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM). Visit the CRAM website for more information about CRAM.
For each HDC, reference condition is represented by areas of a habitat that consistently get very high CRAM scores, have not been subject to disruptive management practices, and exist within landscapes that are protected and managed for their natural conditions. The horizontal lines intersecting the top of an HDC represent the mean CRAM score and standard deviation of scores for 25 qualifying reference areas.
The age of a project is estimated as the elapsed time in years between the groundwork end date for the project and the date of the CRAM assessment. To add or update a groundwork end date, use the Project Events form in Project Tracker (ptrack.ecoatlas.org). The minimum age in years of a non-project area, including any natural reference area, is estimated from all available local information, including historical maps and imagery, historical written accounts, and place-specific scientific studies of habitat development.
An HDC can be used to address the following questions:
- At what time in the future will the area of assessed habitat achieve the reference condition or other milestones in habitat development? The HDC can answer this question if the CRAM score for the assessed area is within the confidence interval of the HDC. The answer is the time in years along the HDC between the current age of the assessed area and the future date corresponding to the intersection of the HDC and the reference condition or other milestone.
- Is the area of assessed habitat likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace as most other areas of the same habitat type? The habitat area is likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace if the CRAM score for the area is above, below, or within the confidence interval of the HDC, respectively.
- What can be done to improve the condition of the habitat area or to increase its rate of development? HDCs by themselves cannot answer this question. Possible answers can be inferred by the following analysis that involves HDCs:
- Examine the HDC for each of the four CRAM Attributes;
- Identify the Attribute(s) scoring below the HDC;
- For any low-scoring Attribute, examine the component Metric Scores (note: the Metric Scores for any public CRAM assessment in the CRAM database can be obtained through EcoAtlas);
- Assume the low score of an Attribute is due to its low-scoring Metric(s);
- Consider modifying the design or management of the habitat area in ways that will sustainably increase its score(s) for the low-scoring Metric(s).
For more information about CRAM Attributes and Metrics, including their scientific rationale, see the CRAM Manual.