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Unformatted text preview: What I Learned from each of the ES 125 Groups Albany Bulb In the year 4000 B.C., the San Francisco Bay began to resemble its form that we are familiar with today. The Ohlone Native Americans lived in the general San Francisco Bay vicinity until 1850 which is when the Gold Rush proceeded. Throughout 1870 wharves, railroad tracks, buildings, and warehouses were built on a location known as Fleming Point. Fleming Point is part of the Albany Bulb and significant construction began here around 1963; some of the construction ensued on top of a landfill which is still evident today. The Albany Bulb has split ownership pertaining to 1% belonging to the East Bay Regional Parks District, and 99% belonging to the City of Albany. A main feature of the Albany Bulb is the East Shore State Park which was erected in 2002. This beach is located southwest of the Bulb, and is open to visitors such as families, dog walkers, community members, and others. However, dogs can upset the wildlife and plants that thrive here including shorebirds like gulls and willets, garter snakes, flies, hare, and raccoons. The California Seablite is an endangered plant which can only natively thrive in 3 habitats, one of them being the habitat of the East Shore State Park. The Albany Bulb can be destructed by these dogs who upset shorebirds that utilize the area for breeding, eating, and living. Not to mention the plant known as foxtail grass that can stick onto the dogs fur and can only be removed violently. On April 3 rd 2006, the City Albany approved a plan for the rehabilitation of the Burrowing Owl for roughly $100,000. The plan included 8.1 acres of low lying grassland protected by a fence but it raises the issue of spending large sums of money for a project that could potentially yield low populations of the Burrowing Owl or none at all. Much of the beach is the byproduct of sediment-runoff from the building of a racetrack. This beach is littered by people who use it for recreational purposes, and the trash is not cleaned up by the State of California who only empties out the trashcans. The horse racetrack, more commonly known as Golden Gate Fields pollutes the Bay with runoff from horse stables as well as storm drains. However, Golden Gate Fields have gone through a pollution prevention program where they have set up recycling and coastal clean up processes on site. A geological feature of the Albany Bulb is the threat of potential earthquakes. The Albany Bulb geographically lies on the Southern Edge of the San Francisco Bay where it is in the center of two major faults. Since the Albany Bulb is built on a landfill, it is susceptible to liquefaction during earthquake events as well as general earthquake risk due to an unstable ground foundation....
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