Oct 22, 2012

EPA Awards $1 Million Grant to Expand Segment of Tennessee Hollow Watershed

Project to restore 1,050 ft of creek channel, 3.3 acres of dune-coastal scrub upland, and 4.7 acres of previously buried tidal marsh

Tennessee Hollow Watershed EPA Grants Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Presidio Trust—working in partnership with the National Park Service—have been selected to receive a $1,000,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to restore a key segment of the Tennessee Hollow Watershed in the Presidio of San Francisco. The EPA is awarding $6.5 million in grants to state and local agencies and nonprofit organizations to restore water quality and wetlands throughout the San Francisco Bay watershed. Grants range from $75,000 to $1.5 million and will support 10 projects that prevent pollution, restore streams and tidal marshes and manage floodwaters in an environmentally sound manner.

Quartermaster Reach is located at the downstream end of the Presidio’s largest watershed, Tennessee Hollow, at the interface between fresh and saltwater flows. Once part of an extensive marsh system, the 8-acre site is currently a sea of asphalt, utilities and buildings. The creek is contained in a 72-in buried storm drain, and there are no visible signs of the area’s former ecological diversity. This project will bring back rare tidal and brackish marsh, provide an ecological corridor connecting the restored Thompson’s Reach with Crissy Field Marsh, and provide public access through a new trail and boardwalk with interpretive features.

Specifically, this project will restore:

  • 1,050 ft of creek channel
  • 3.3 acres of dune-coastal scrub upland, and
  • 4.7 acres of previously buried tidal marsh adjacent to the Crissy Field wetland

“The reconstruction of Doyle Drive (Presidio Parkway) offers a fantastic opportunity to dramatically transform the entire northern edge of the Presidio and reconnect the interior of the park to the northern waterfront at Crissy Field—with enhanced pedestrian and recreational options—which will encourage visitors to enjoy these remarkable places of natural beauty and history,” said Greg Moore, President and CEO of the Parks Conservancy. “This restoration effort is a critical part of the plan to revive an entire urban watershed as part of the Presidio’s transformation from military post to park.”

The project will be completed in phases, with the first major phase set to begin early in 2013. The project will be substantially complete by fall 2016, with community stewardship and scientific monitoring continuing for years.