A Foggy Morning at Big Break


I took a walk around Big Break this morning looking for beavers that frequent the shores. I found tracks on the shoreline but could not find the elusive animals.  I have seen them on walks around Jersey Island. The beavers in Oakley don’t present the same issues that they have in Martinez. I feel it is safe to save that they are generally welcomed by all. Besides beaver the park also provides habitat for osprey, great blue heron, river otter, raccoons, among other wildlife.

I did notice that the bridge over the slough at Piper Lane is open. The Big Break Trail can now be traveled through to its connection with the Marsh Creek Trail.

During the late 1800s asparagus farmers “reclaimed” this marshy area for cultivation by creating a levee system against the waters of Dutch Slough and the San Joaquin River. In 1928 portions of the levee gave way creating a “Big Break”. The asparagus farm was lost. However, if you walk the park in the spring you may find some remanent asparagus still growing.

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About Kevin

Councilmember - City of Oakley, Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit, Transplan, San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority and RD 2137, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction
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1 Response to A Foggy Morning at Big Break

  1. Heidi says:

    “The beavers in Oakley don’t present the same issues as the beavers in Martinez”

    Ahh, that’s lovely. I’m glad you went on the big break walk and searched for beavers. Honestly though, its not the problems our beavers actually present, its the problems certain people *imagine* they present.

    The number of people who worry about the Martinez beavers has gone steadily down since we installed a flow device and began our education campaign. But the diversity of worries among our few glum holdouts have has skyrocketed.

    Flooding, burrowing, feeding, earthquakes…

    The list just goes on.

    Enjoy your beavers! We’re seeing ours in the evening around 8:30. You might try a night visit.

    Heidi Perryman
    Worth A Dam

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