The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project is the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the West Coast. When complete, the project will restore 15,100 acres of industrial salt ponds to a rich mosaic of tidal wetlands and other habitats.
San Francisco Bay has lost an estimated 85 percent of its historic wetlands to fill or alteration. This dramatic decline in tidal marsh habitats has caused populations of marsh-dependent fish and wildlife to dwindle. It has also decreased water quality and increased local flood risks. Restoration of the South Bay salt ponds provides an opportunity to begin to reverse these trends, by improving the health of San Francisco Bay for years to come.
SFEI’s IT Program is playing a number of exciting roles in the massive South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. SFEI provides hosting and management of www.southbayrestoration.org, the website of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. SFEI also provides spatial data management services and cartographic services, maintains a spatial data repository and photo repository for project participants, and maintains the Salt Pond mailing list. Support, now beginning its 6th year, is ongoing.