This Chevron Speaks item was authored by Pascha McAlister, Environmental Specialist at Chevron Richmond:
Many of our neighbors might be surprised to know that the Richmond Refinery is home to many different species, including hundreds of species of birds and acres of protected wetlands.
The Richmond Water Enhancement Experimental Wetland, which is on 90 acres of former effluent treatment ponds, serves as a resting spot for migratory waterfowl. Deep channels and dense areas of reeds and duck mounds create an attractive environment for waterfowl. During the spring and fall, a variety of shorebirds seek refuge in the marsh. Presently there are 103 different species of birds that use this new habitat. In addition, just northeast of the refinery we helped restore 250 acres of Wildcat Creek Marsh, including forming slough channels to the saltwater marsh. The wetlands and other underdeveloped areas of the refinery now provide a critical habitat for two endangered species – the Salt Harvest Mouse and the California Clapper Rail.
We’ve also recently partnered with the International Bird Rescue, East Bay Regional Park District, and the Richmond Police Activities League to release eight black-crowned night herons and snowy egrets into Breuner Marsh, which is undergoing restoration. We also work hard to protect nearby osprey, a common raptor species that is protected federally and can be found throughout the Bay Area. The refinery works to ensure our osprey neighbors do not build nests at undesirable locations for their protection.
We are proud of these efforts, which are an integral part of our commitment to protecting and preserving the environment.