A small gallery of the historic morning, August 24, 2006:

Bolsa Chica tidal inlet opened 8-24-06

Mid-day, Thursday, August 24, 2006, the Pacific flows freely into the restored Bolsa Chica wetland.
Photo courtesy of Jack Fancher, USFWS

Crews working through the night to remove dam

Crews working through the night to remove the sand dam.
Photo: Dave Carlberg.

One scoop at a time

Pre-dawn sand removal.
Photo by Mark Bixby

First tide rising through the inlet

The first tide rising through the new channel.
Photo: Mark Bixby

Amigos toasts the occasion

A toast to the inlet and to Amigos de Bolsa Chica!
Photo: Mark Bixby

Crowd gathers at historic moment
Crowd watches first tide rise through the channel

A crowd of over 100 people gathered on PCH bridge to watch the historic occasion.
Photos: Dave Carlberg and Mark Bixby

Amigos thumbs up

Amigos members l to r: Margaret Carlberg, Thomas Anderson, Dave Carlberg, Brian Westcott, Shirley Dettloff, Mel Nutter and Chuck Nelson.
Photo: Laurie Payne

Amigos Board member Margaret Carlberg is interviewed by KNX radio

Amigos board member, Margaret Carlberg, is interviewed by KNX radio. Photo: Dave Carlberg

From inlet mouth toward the bridge

The new inlet looking from the ocean towards the bridge.
Photo: Mark Bixby