Brickyard Cove Pond
Brickyard Cove Pond is a small lake in the Brickyard Cove District of Richmond, California. It was formed from quarrying of Nicholl's Knob the surrounding hill, it is fed by a series of underground springs. Before the early 19th Century it was a swimming pond for local boys who went skinny dipping at the lake; however this ceased. List of lakes in California List of lakes in the San Francisco Bay Area
Point San Pablo Harbor
Point San Pablo Harbor is a marina and small community at the far end of Point San Pablo in San Pablo Bay, within Richmond, in Contra Costa County, California. It is located at 1900 Stenmark Drive, Richmond CA 94801; the community is home to a few dozen individuals living in 10 floating homes. Point San Pablo Harbor was envisioned by Captain Clark, the brainchild behind the origins of the Richmond San Rafael Ferry; the area features the Point San Pablo Marina, Nobilis Restaurant, The San Pablo Bay Sportsmen's Club. The harbor village is located in a ravine at the northern tip of the Potrero Hills and alongside a small cove the opens to San Pablo Bay, where the marina is protected from waves, in addition to a breakwater; the harbor is the starting point for visitors to East Brother Light Station a historic landmark. The area is near the Chevron Richmond Refinery and some tank farm containers are visible in addition to the Richmond Landfill across the waters of Castro Cove, a contaminated estuarine habitat.
Point San Pablo Beach is located here. The harbor has panoramic views of the undeveloped coastlines of southern Napa and Solano counties and eastern central Marin County; the hills surrounding the village feature coastal chaparral vegetation. The isolation of the area and undeveloped lands make deer sightings commonplace. Other animals in the area include the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse and California clapper rail; the areas around the marina and breakwaters have many egrets and other birds that enjoy the small wetlands areas. The Point San Pablo Harbor is owned; the Point San Pablo Preservation Society is a non-profit organization located at the harbor. The society's goal is to preserve the harbor and surrounding lands and waterways for public use and enjoyment. San Pablo Peninsula San Pablo Bay topics Point San Pablo Harbor website Point San Pablo History website
San Pablo Bay
San Pablo Bay is a tidal estuary that forms the northern extension of San Francisco Bay in the East Bay and North Bay regions of the San Francisco Bay Area in northern California. Most of the Bay is shallow. San Pablo Bay was named after Rancho San Pablo, a Spanish land grant given to colonial Alta California settlers in 1815, on the bay at the site of the present-day city of San Pablo; the bay is 10 mi across and has an area of 90 sq mi. The bay receives the waters of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, via Suisun Bay and the Carquinez Strait on its northeast end, it connects to the Pacific Ocean via the San Francisco Bay on its southern end; the bay is silted from the contributions of the two rivers, which themselves drain most of the Central Valley of California. San Pablo Bay receives the waters of Sonoma Creek through the Napa Sonoma Marsh, San Rafael Creek, the Petaluma River directly, the Napa River which flows into the Carquinez Strait via the Mare Island Strait near its entrance into the bay.
All tributaries except for Sonoma Creek are commercially navigable and maintained by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Two peninsulas separate San Pablo Bay from San Francisco Bay; the eastern, Point San Pablo, is in the city of Richmond and the western, Point San Pedro, borders the city of San Rafael. The bay is shared between Contra Costa county on the southern and eastern shore, Solano and Marin counties on the northern and western shores; the county boundaries meet near the center of the bay. Communities on the shores of San Pablo Bay include: Richmond, San Pablo, Hercules, Rodeo in Contra Costa County, Vallejo in Solano County, along with Novato and San Rafael in Marin County; because the Bay is close to several major and local airports, but outside of the main air traffic corridors, it is a popular pilot training area. Because of its great size but shallow waters, San Pablo Bay has difficult boating conditions; the prevailing western wind meets strong currents both at Carquinez Straits and, at the opposite end of the bay, near the Richmond Bridge, to produce large waves, with few areas of retreats for most boats.
There are many undeveloped shore lands with salt mudflats. The Bay is a primary wintering stop for the canvasback duck population on the Pacific Flyway, as well as a migratory staging ground for numerous species of waterfowl. Much of the northern shore of the bay is protected as part of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Endangered species that are found in the bay include the California brown pelican, California clapper rail, salt marsh harvest mouse; this is a popular destination for recreation fishing, with Saltwater species including: striped bass, sturgeon, starry flounder, leopard shark and anchovy. In the 1880s there was a shrimp-fishing village; the location is now part of China Camp State Park. San Pablo Bay is the setting of alternative rock band Primus's four-part song series "Fisherman's Chronicles," and is referenced in "The Toys Go Winding Down" and "Harold of the Rocks." It is mentioned in The Minus 5 song "John Barleycorn Must Live." In Susan Choi's book, American Woman, which mirrors the Patty Hearst scandal of the 1970s, the Bay's waters are said to welcome main characters Jenny and Pauline home after they've traversed from the East coast.
Tributaries of San Pablo Bay USGS: Sediment Changes in San Pablo Bay Gorp: San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge Highway to the Flyway:The Road to Restoration on San Pablo Bay from Bay Nature magazine, July–September 2007 issue. Provides a brief history of the marshes of San Pablo Bay
Richmond Ferry Terminal
Richmond Ferry Terminal is a ferry terminal located in the Marina Bay neighborhood of Richmond, California. The terminal is located at Ford Point on the Richmond Inner Harbor which opens onto the East Bay of San Francisco Bay. Ford Point derives its name from the historic Ford Plant, located nearby, now being converted to an industrial park; the terminal hosted a commuter ferry service to the San Francisco Ferry Building weekdays and Fisherman's Wharf on weekends in addition to special AT&T Park service during the baseball season with a voyage taking 45 minutes one-way. The service began in 1999, but was discontinued in the late 2000s in the economic downturn following the dot-com bust. Ferry ridership plummeted and the service became economically unsustainable, which led Red and White Fleet to discontinue the service. Ridership was 45 per trip; the terminal had its own dedicated AC Transit feeder service from Point Richmond and downtown Richmond with route 374 now discontinued. In 2007 most of the Richmond City Council except Tom Butt and Mayor Gayle McLaughlin had lost interest in the project, instead supporting using the site for expanded Toyota vehicle importation parking which that company has expressed an interest in.
The impetus for the reinstated ferry service continued in 2008 when the powers behind planning the project determined that there needed to be 750 "rooftops" within a half mile of the terminal site to generate significant and sustainable ridership figures. Senator Don Perata has secured 2 million dollars in monies from California State Proposition 1B for studies of several ferry proposals including new Richmond-San Francisco service. In 2012 WETA rebranded as the San Francisco Bay Ferry began operation of its first new ferry run, the South San Francisco Ferry and as such began exploring opportunities for additional new services was launched. Planning meetings were held to reopen and remodel the terminal at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond's Marina Bay. A public comment period found that there were concerns for walking distance between ferry and parking and bicycle parking. An environmental review was ordered to last up to nine months. Funding was approved in 2015, with service expected to begin in 2018.
In April 2016, the San Francisco Ferry building secured a $4 million federal grant. The funds were used for construction of new berths beginning in 2017 By October 2018, the station was scheduled to open on January 10, 2019. In 2017, Tideline started offering a private 35 minute US$11 one-way service to the San Francisco Ferry Building from the Marina Bay District. AC Transit Route 74 provides service to the Ferry Terminal, connecting the Marina Bay neighborhood, 23rd Street, Richmond BART/Amtrak station