Magazine article Sunset

Hayward's Marsh Is Full of Life Once Again

Magazine article Sunset

Hayward's Marsh Is Full of Life Once Again

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Birds and bulrushes are thriving in Hayward in a three-year-old experimental fresh-water marsh fed by treated waste water. While new restrictions on water quality threaten to end the experiment and dry up this East Bay marsh, solutions are being studied to keep the marshland healthy. For a look at what's at stake, visit now to see the abundance of birds this habitat harbors from endangered least terns to avocets and stilts nesting in the pickleweed.

There are some 1,600 acres of wetlands here, and the fresh-water parcels abut restored salt-water marshland. The marsh borders San Francisco Bay along the Hayward shore, running from the east end of the San Mateo bridge north to the San Leandro Marina.

To learn about the marsh and the wildlife it supports, visit the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center (open 10 to 5 daily) at the marsh's south end. This month you can join free guided programs on Saturdays and Sundays.

From the center, you can take off on your own on the hiking and biking paths. …

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