Celebrate a New Bio-Remediation Project at the Santa Fe Right of Way this Sunday, 11/18/12

This is one event that has been a long time coming, and we hope you join the celebration! For years, neighbors and gardeners in South Berkeley have been advocating for creating a usable public space on the Santa Fe Right of Way, a 40 foot wide swath that runs through residential neighborhoods along an old railway line. There’s plenty of great examples of the potential of this space, as northern portions of the line have been transformed into the Ohlone Greenway, a popular biking and walking path, and other sections have been used as community gardens by Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA) and Spiral Gardens. It’s time to celebrate because future uses for this mile long stretch are one step closer to fruition, now that a group effort has successfully launched a bio-remediation study. With funding from the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Grant Program, UC Berkeley Environmental Studies Department and Berkeley Partners for Parks will lead the study using Chinese Brake Fern to absorb soil toxins. The celebration for this exciting project will have food, music and a chance to meet neighbors and project partners. Read on for details and more resources. We’ll be celebrating this Sunday, November 18th from 3 to 4:30 PM, at the Right of Way on Ward Street one block west of Sacramento. To read more articles on the Santa Fe Right of Way Bio-Remediation project, the Oakland Tribune and Daily Cal both recently covered it.
[Photo from Google Maps Street View © 2012]

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