Suisun Marsh and Suisun City
"Suisun City, an old 49er port"
Suisun City is one of the older towns in Solano County, being at the end of a slough where originally miners headed for the northern gold fields would first set foot on land and begin the land trek toward Sacramento. There were at one time several ports in this area, but most of them have been incorporated into the municipalities of Fairfield or Vallejo, but tiny Suisun City remained independent. Today, the city has redeveloped its harbor and many new homes have been build toward the east of this harbor along hwy 12. There are several restaurants along the waterfront, and there's a tourist boat of sorts that plies the scenic Suisun Slough waterway. I recommend that tourists going between San Francisco and Sacramento/Lake Tahoe stop for lunch at the waterfront in Suisun City.
"Remaining Wetlands of the San Francisco Bay."
Prior to the landfill development the shoreline around most of the San Francisco Bay, shallow draft boats were required to sail through marshs, up winding sloughs to find land solid enough for transfer of passengers and equipment. San Francisco's financial district, the Marina District, China Basin, Foster City, and other urban areas that are solid ground today were once either part of the bay or were marshlands. By the 1960s, one-third of the Bay was lost to filling and diking, and more than 80 percent of its tidal wetlands were converted to other uses. Bird and fish migration habitat has been severely limited, and in recent years feeder fish, such as the bay smelt have shown dramatic declines in population. Since the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta comprise the largest riparian ecosystem on the west coast of North America, restoration of this valuable resource has been of growing concern to all Californians. Some areas, such as the south San Francisco Bay, and the Sonoma marshlands in the north, have been undergoing extensive restoration efforts. However, the Suisun Marsh at 84,000 acres (400 km²) remains the largest contiguous estuarian marsh on the west coast of North America. Many people are familiar with this area for its wind power. There are a large number of electrical wind turbines in this area.