History (Meeker Slough)

Ridgway Rail chicks

Photo of Ridgway Rail chicks by Denise Wight

Meeker Slough is an old mudflat channel along the Richmond Southeast Shoreline that became constrained from over 100 years of urban development starting in the late 1800s. Beginning in 1999, UC Berkeley began remediation work at the Richmond Field Station (RFS) to clean up legacy pollution from industrial activities that occurred prior to UC ownership of the land. 

As a result of this work as well as ongoing efforts to protect and restore native habitat, the RFS is home to:

  • the last undisturbed coastal terrace grassland adjacent to the San Francisco Bay shoreline

  • seasonal coastal prairie wetlands

  • 54 acres of tidal salt marsh and mudflats that provide habitat for the endangered Ridgway's Rail

  • eelgrass beds

Visit the RFS Environmental website for more details on the history and restoration of the RFS.