Stege Marsh

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Stege Marsh, also known as the South Richmond Marshes,[1] is a tidal marshland wetlands area in Richmond, California in western Contra Costa County.[2]


The marsh is the delta at the mouth of Baxter or Stege Creek, which drains from a watershed extending into the Berkeley Hills in El Cerrito; the marsh is opposite Meeker Slough from where Meeker Slough Creek drains into Campus Bay, which is a part of the Richmond Inner Harbor of the San Francisco Bay.

The site was polluted by a UC Berkeley Field Station and a Zeneca sulfuric acid manufacturing center. Restoration is underway;[2] the marsh is so polluted that the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board named it a "toxic hot spot" and one of the "top 10 most polluted" sites in the Bay Area in 1998.[3] The contamination includes dangerous levels of toxic chemicals and organic compounds such as Arsenic, mercury, and PCBs.[3]


  1. ^ Eastshore State Park map, access date 02-12-2009
  2. ^ a b Western Stege Marsh Restoration Project Monitoring Plan, University of California, Berkeley, Richmond Field Station, Richmond, California, August, 2004, access date 12-02-2009
  3. ^ a b UC Ordered to Help in Cleanup of Polluted Stege Marsh in Richmond, by Jason Malinsky, The Daily Californian, 02-05-2002, access date 12-02-2009

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Baxter Creek and Stege Marsh

Coordinates: 37°54′35″N 122°19′49″W / 37.9097°N 122.3303°W / 37.9097; -122.3303