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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

June, 2006

 

A Simple Takehome Message About the Bolinas Lagoon
By Don Slack

During the past several meetings about the Bolinas Lagoon I have heard people ask; "What is the simple take home message regarding the fate of the lagoon and what should be done about it?" For the answer to these questions we can turn to the scientists and researchers of Philip Williams Associates and Dr. Roger Byrns. They have compiled the most recent reports and have been the sole scientific representatives at recent public meetings about the lagoon.
By studying their reports and presentations one can find there is a simple one sentence take home message. First lets briefly review their findings that lead to this.

1. Dr. Byrns made a presentation at Marin Civic center near the beginning of their study where he showed the lagoon the be "healthy" and that in his opinion no intervention is needed.

2. The Philip William's Report shows the 50 year projection of the lagoon as primarily mud flats and marsh.

3. The Philip William's Report predicts lagoon closure to the sea in about 60 years.

4. The Philip William's Report states that reopening of the lagoon can naturally occur based on comparisons to the Chrissy Field lagoon and the Russian River. The comparison to Crissy Filed is valid assuming wave action at the Bolinas Lagoon reduces to that of Crissy Field which is inside San Francisco Harbor. The comparison to the Russian River is valid assuming water flow in Easkoot Creek and Pine Gulch Creek increases to that of the Russian River. If these comparisons are not valid the Bolinas Lagoon, it seems, will likely experience permanent closure.

Thus based on the Philip William's findings we can take heart in the following take home message. With no human intervention the Bolinas Lagoon will die healthy.



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