Leaders: Susan Schwartz and John Kenny
Start: Sea Breeze Deli (University Ave. just west of I-80; Google maps shows it incorrectly on the east side)
This walk will go rain or shine!
The start of 2018 brings a King Tide, one of the highest daytime tides of the year. It’s a perfect opportunity to focus on the effects of rising sea levels and how we can minimize and adapt to them. Susan, the founder of Friends of Five Creeks, and John, an environmental activist and dedicated BPWA path builder, will lead this leisurely, two-mile walk in Eastshore State Park. They will discuss the history of Berkeley’s waterfront and point out ongoing restoration efforts. Among the highlights of this route are the marsh at the mouth of Schoolhouse Creek, where a pipe once dumped Berkeley’s sewage straight into the Bay, and native plantings that volunteers are adding along the shoreline to the north of the creek, once a pre-World-War-II garbage landfill. Bring binoculars to spot wintering waterfowl and a camera to snap photos for the California King Tides Project. Some trails may be slippery, muddy, or flooded. Dress for changing weather, including water-resistant footwear. Join us for optional warm drinks, snacks, or lunch at Sea Breeze Deli after the walk.