Dear CLUI, I want to tell you about a magical place called the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District
where the wastewater effluent flows into a series of ponds by the Bay.
The LGVSD is next to a school, a farm, and the former Hamilton Air Force Base.
The LGVSD is one of the premier bird watching spots in the Bay Area, with over 200 different birds,
and a diverse number of land use examples in a concentrated area.
In addition to wildlife viewing, there is a hike that has excellent views
of the Bay, including ruined piers and duck hunting blinds.
Spring temperatures are perfect for hiking and wildflowers.
The Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Non-Marching Band (Sewer Band) has a free concert on May 18th.
Just South of LGVSD is McInnis County Park, which features a large number of playing fields.
There were taco trucks in the parking lot for a lunch stop. A hike up the hill goes past a miniature golf course.
A remote control car club was driving over a course on the rocks.
A friendly member of the North Bay RC Crawlers explained the competition.
Hiking over the hill affords a view of the McInnis Park Golf Center on one side,
a skate park and former Nike Missile barracks site on the other. The barracks are now a detox center.
The Nike silo has been used for water storage since 1978, but due to leakage, the Marin Municipal Water District is building a new tank.
The missile site was active from 1956-1972 and will be filled and capped.
On the Bay side of the hill is a small pond with bird houses filled with tree swallows.
This area borders on the golf course, and signs warn to watch out for stray balls.
Heading through the golf maintenance yard, a 7 mile hike was concluded by watching ducks bathe in the water treament ponds.
This hike would make an excellent CLUI-style field trip. I’ve provided a list of online resources below. The route for the 7-mile hike through LGVSD and McInnis that we designed is a bit complex. If enough people are interested in a tour of this area, I may be willing to lead a hike. If you decide to do this adventure on your own, feel free to contact me for a few key route details.