The South Bay Mercury Project: Using Biosentinels to Monitor Effects of Wetland Restoration for the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project

The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project plans to convert 50-90% of the former salt evaporation ponds of South San Francisco Bay into tidal marsh habitat. This large-scale habitat restoration may change the distribution, bioavailability, and bioaccumulation of methylmercury.

Benthic invertebrate community assessment as a phytoplankton consumer and fish and bird prey source before and after the start of the restoration

We analyzed spatially-intensive benthic samples collected during three seasons in each of three years prior to the restoration project (1993-1995) and after the restoration activities started (2006-2008).