Project Accomplished – San Pedro Creek Mouth/Mahoney Property Acquisition
On August 12,
Eventually, the city was able to acquire all of the Mahoney beach
The wetland area constructed at the mouth of the creek encourages Steelhead migration and provides habitat for birds and aquatic animals such as the California red-legged frog. It is noteworthy that San Pedro Creek supports one of the last remaining Steelhead fisheries along the San Mateo Coast; protection of this precious resource is vital to protecting fisheries along the California Coast.
The addition of the Mahoney property to the Pacifica State Beach by the Pacifica Land Trust represented a desperately needed expansion of the beach. In recent years Pacifica State Beach, also known as Linda Mar Beach, has become increasingly popular. People from all over San Mateo and San Francisco counties and from as far away as Santa Rosa and Sacramento are showing up on sunny weekends to take advantage of one of the best and safest beaches along the Central Coast. As a consequence, the carrying capacity of the beach at times is nearly exhausted. Space is at a premium and the Snowy Plover habitat in the north dunes is coming under increasing pressure. It will also protect the mid-region of the beach from future development, eliminate the need for future sea-walls to prevent flooding of existing homes and protect the mouth of San Pedro Creek and the Steelhead fishery.
San Pedro Creek at Pacifica State Beach. Photographs by Stephen Johnson.
Restored Beach 2004