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Waterway connecting Lake Merritt to San Francisco Bay reopens

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Oakland's Lake Merritt is going through a bit of a makeover. On Friday, city officials celebrated the opening of a channel that's been closed off for 140 years.

It's part of a project that will ultimately allow boaters in the nation's oldest wildlife preservation to once again paddle from the lake to San Francisco Bay.

A 750 foot section of the channel was opened Friday for the first time since the 1860's after undergoing a major cleanup. It's part of a multimillion dollar restoration project to improve the once stagnant and polluted waterway.

The city will hold a public celebration for this and other Lake Merritt improvements later this summer.

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