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Bird's eye view of Bothin Marsh and the proposed realignment of the Bay Trail.
At the edge of Richardson Bay in Mill Valley, the Bothin Marsh Open Space Preserve and a section of the Mill Valley-Sausalito Pathway are experiencing the effects of sea level rise. The Pathway, shoreline, plants, and wildlife are being impacted by more severe and more frequent flooding. 

The Evolving Shorelines Project is responding to the challenge of sea level rise by working with nature to adapt the marsh habitat and pathway to our changing climate. The shared community vision for Bothin Marsh is a place where innovative climate adaptations allow for thriving biodiversity, year-round recreation, and carbon-free transportation enjoyed by all. We embrace the shared responsibility of taking care of open spaces for current and future generations.

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This drawing shows the Ring the Marsh concept which would relocate the pathway from its current location through the marsh to a higher elevation at the edge of Bothin Marsh.
In 2021, three conceptual options for adapting the pathway were developed and evaluated. The Ring the Marsh concept would relocate the pathway to the marsh edge to make space for wildlife and wetland enhancement and habitat migration with sea level rise. This approach is also the most feasible option to widen the pathway for safety and elevate it above high tides. Based on community feedback and expert guidance, the Ring the Marsh concept arose as the favored approach for a future pathway. 

Based on the hundreds of conversations we had with community members about this project, the following questions reflect some of our guiding principles in the design of the Evolving Shorelines Project. Please tell us what you think, review the following statements and tell us how much you agree on a scale of 1 to 5.

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* 1. Relocating the pathway to the edge of the wetlands is worth it as long as it benefits the marsh's plants, wildlife, and long-term health. (1=Strongly Agree, 5=Strongly Disagree)

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* 2. Visitor experience improvements should be compatible and in balance with the goal of improving native plant and wildlife habitat. (1=Strongly Agree, 5=Strongly Disagree)

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* 3. The experience of being in the middle of the marsh is special, however, being at the marsh edge can still provide great opportunities for experiencing views of the wetlands and wildlife. (1=Strongly Agree, 5=Strongly Disagree)

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* 4. Creating a trail that does not flood and is wider, safer, more accessible, and is physically separated from the roads is critical to the enjoyment of our shared open space. (1=Strongly Agree, 5=Strongly Disagree)

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