WERC Outreach Factsheet: South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. Updated May 2012.
Under the management of California State Coastal Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Game, over 15,000 acres of former salt ponds in South San Francisco Bay are being restored to natural tidal wetlands and managed ponds.
This is the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project -- the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the West Coast and a major investment in the natural
infrastructure of Silicon Valley and the South Bay.
As part of this restoration, the U.S. Geological Survey is investigating sediment transport, habitat changes, sea level rise resiliency, wildlife behavior, mercury contamination and many other topics -- findings which will guide adaptive management actions for the South Bay restoration.
USGS Western Ecological Research Center biologist Laura Valoppi serves as the Lead Scientist and research coordinator for the overall restoration project. Valoppi and other USGS scientists actively collaborate with resource managers and consultants from local universities, nonprofits, and other institutions to coordinate scientific research to inform this adaptive management plan -- a plan that hopes to restore the wild heart of south San Francisco Bay.