Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge

Working for the protection of wetlands.

Today an abundance of waterfowl and shorebirds feed, roost, and nest in wetlands where just twenty years ago there were crystallizer ponds.


In 1972 these lands became part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Now where vacant industrial buildings and empty parking lots could have stood, wetlands have been restored providing habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunities for bay area residents.


It is a testament to what can be accomplished with vision, passion, and a little hard work.


Remembering the Honorable Don Edwards

January 6, 1915 - October 2, 2015


Please read Florence LaRiviere's recollections (here) of working with Congressman Don Edwards to establish the national wildlife refuge that now appropriately bears his name.




Read the CCCR press release here.

You can also read an article written by Chris De Benedetti here.


Read Contra Costa Times columnist Joan Morris' article that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, July 25, 2013 "Saving the San Francisco Bay" regarding CCCR's efforts to protect the bay and the former Whistling Wings and Pintail Duck Clubs.


The Environmental Law Institute announced on May 1, 2012, that Florence LaRiviere has won the Wetlands Community Leader award.  Congratulations and thank you Florence for your leadership and long years of wetlands protection.  To view the press releases click here.  To view a transcript or listen to an audio recording of the awards ceremony click here.


Fall 2014 Save Wetlands available online


Florence LaRiviere, Frank Delfino, and Doctor Howard Shellhammer discuss the traits necessary to become an effective environmental advocate.


New: Listen to an interview of John Bourgeois, Project Leader for the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. [Interview by Sam High]


New:  Congratulations and "thanks!" to Ohlone Audubon Society for partnering with the Refuge to create a wonderful viewing platform in the LaRiviere Marsh.  [Video courtesy of Sam High]

A very special "thank you!" to all our friends and members for their continued support of our work to protect wetlands.


The next CCCR meeting will be held, Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont, CA. If this will be the first time you are attending a meeting, please call 510-792-0222 ext. 112 when you arrive at the gate.


We are in the process of updating our website.  It is still a work in progress so new information will continue to be added.  We encourage you to check out our "Protect the Bay" button we will regularly update that page with new information about public comment periods, upcoming meetings, etc.


If you wish to make a donation to the Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge, you can click on the "Donate" button, or mail your donation to CCCR, P. O. Box 50991, Palo Alto, CA  94303.  Thank you for your support!

We extend a heartfelt "Thanks!" to Mondy Lariz for all of his assistance in updating our website.  "Thanks Mondy!"



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