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Project managers review final environmental analysis, 2016
Project managers review final environmental analysis, 2016

Another Common Question: Why does restoration take SO LONG?

I noticed the other day that the planning for Phase 2 of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project began in 2012. Putting that in context:
Barack Obama was in his first term as President, the San Francisco Giants had only won one World Series, Kim Kardashian was married to Kris Humphries, and the hottest social media platform was Snapchat.

So…yeah, it’s been a while.

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Caspian terns on a pond island.
Caspian terns on a pond island.

Wait…Are Salt Ponds Good or Bad?

Hi and welcome back!

One goal of this blog was listing the Top Ten Questions I get about this Restoration Project. You can check out previous entries on that list here.  Here’s a question from the rest of the Top 10.

Are salt ponds good or bad?

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Bicyclists tour trails near Moffett Field, Alviso ponds
Bicyclists tour trails near Moffett Field, Alviso ponds

Common Questions: Where Can I Bring My…

Where can I bring my dog? My drone? My bike? My…self?

These are common – and important – questions. The explanations and reasoning behind the answers are at least as important as the answers themselves. I’m trying to tighten up these entries, so let’s dive right in…

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Winter ducks at the more subsided Alviso ponds, 2008. Credit: Judy Irving, Pelican Media
Winter ducks at the more subsided Alviso ponds, 2008. Credit: Judy Irving, Pelican Media

What Are You Going to Do About Sea Level Rise? Part 2

In our last entry here at Salty Dave’s Wetland Weblog (still hoping for some better name suggestions…), I wrote about sea level rise and related aspects of coastal flood management and adaptation.

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Habitat transition zone. Credit: H.T. Harvey & Associates, SAFER Bay Public Draft Feasibility Report, 2019, San Fransicquito Creek JPA
Habitat transition zone. Credit: H.T. Harvey & Associates, SAFER Bay Public Draft Feasibility Report, 2019, San Fransicquito Creek JPA

The Next Most Common Question: What Are You Going to Do About Sea Level Rise?

After covering a few other topics in my blog entries, I thought this would be a good time to revisit another in the list of common questions I get from students, media, and other interested people. This one is such a meaty topic that there’s enough content for two blog entries on it…LUCKY YOU!

Here’s the first one; we’ll run Part 2 in a few weeks.

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Cargill salt stacks, 2010. Credit: Cris Benton
Cargill salt stacks, 2010. Credit: Cris Benton

The Most Common Question: What Is Up with Those Crazy Colors Around the Edges of the Bay?!?

In my job as Executive Project Manager of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, I do a lot of media interviews, public appearances, presentations to elected officials, and site tours with groups of students and other interested groups. I also meet a lot of people socially. In those settings, the “what do you do?” question comes up a lot.

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