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The Romberg Tiburon Center’s R/V Questuary on the Bay.

Where Rivers Meet the Sea
The new San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, headquartered at the University's Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC), was officially dedicated in October.

Established to restore tidal marshes and protect estuarine habitat through research, monitoring and educational programs, the SF Bay Reserve includes coastal habitats in two sites: China Camp State Park in San Rafael and the Rush Ranch Open Space Preserve in Solano County.

Estuarine habitats -- the areas where fresh water rivers, streams and creeks meet salt water seas -- are rich with plants and animals that are essential to both land- and marine-based ecosystems. Tidal wetlands play an important role in flood prevention and sediment management and are home to small mammals, migratory birds and fish species, many of which are threatened or endangered.

The Reserve is a partnership among the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California Department of Parks and Recreation, Solano Land Trust, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and SFSU, with RTC as managing partner.

-- Ellen Griffin

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