ALBANY -- Bay wetlands, now recognized as a vital part of the local ecosystem, were once dismissed as "mudflats," shoreline land best suited for filling and reclaiming.

The importance of mud, sand and gravel on the Bay and estuary shorelines will be discussed at a free talk by Jeremy Lowe, a senior coastal geomorphologist for San Francisco-based Environmental Science Associates, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave.

Lowe, the sea level rise programming manager at ESA, "brings insight and humor to the historic and vital role of mud, sand, and gravel in our beautiful Bay and estuary, and how we can harness dwindling supplies in the face of sea-level rise," say organizers with Friends of 5 Creeks, the Berkeley-based group hosting the talk as part of its Bay Currents.

The evening starts with refreshments and social time at 7 p.m. Seating is limited. Details: www.fivecreeks.org.



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