Through the newly forming Ravenswood Working Group, the project partners are seeking the active participation of the public to help shape long-term tidal marsh restoration and flood protection in the South Bay.

What is the purpose of this Working Group?

The Ravenswood Working Group will support both the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project and the Shoreline Study by providing ongoing, input and advice to both projects.

Phase 1 of the SBSP project in the Ravenswood ponds focuses on opening up some salt ponds to the bay, and on possible expansion to and improvement of public access.
Simultaneously, the Shoreline Study is will be developing and examining the feasibility of developing detailed plans for ecosystem restoration and the long-term flood protection levees, and other flood protection improvements.

The mission of the Working Group is to:

Provide an active voice for community members in the SBSP Phase 1 restoration implementation, public access improvements and flood protection planning;
Provide a forum for contributing to solutions to rising sea levels in the South Bay; and
Develop ways to more actively engage the public in supporting future project funding needs.

What will the Work Group do?

Over the next two years, Work Group members will:

  • Help design appropriate and wildlife-compatible public access improvements near Pond SF2 and overlooking Pond R4 in Bayfront Park;
  • Provide input on the restoration actions at Pond SF2; and
  • Review and provide feedback on the Shoreline Study Problems, Opportunities, and Objectives.

Who Can Participate?

The project managers are seeking the active involvement of members of the public who live, work and/or recreate within the Ravenswood Pond complex area. In particular, the project partners are seeking participation from community members representing the following interests or organizations:

  • Private industry and Chambers of Commerce
  • Homeowners associations
  • Environmental groups
  • Municipal and county public works and/or planning departments/agencies
  • Municipal, county and regional transportation and/or economic development agencies/organizations
  • The scientific community
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • CalTrans
  • Major private utilities, such as Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and retail water companies/agencies
  • Recreational interests (e.g., fishing, boating, bicycling, hunting, hiking, birding)

The project partners are also seeking the active involvement of local elected officials and/or their staff from cities in the area—including Redwood City, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, and San Mateo County. Members of the SBSP project’s ongoing Stakeholder Forum are also invited to actively participate in this Working Group.

The Ravenswood Working Group will be chaired by Clyde Morris, Manager of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

More Information

Learn more about the Ravenswood Working Group.

Consult the Ravenswood Working Group Charter.

Ravenswood Working Group (2007-2012)

Phase 1 of the SBSP project in the Ravenswood ponds focuses on opening up some salt ponds to the bay, and on possible expansion to and improvement of public access. Simultaneously, the Shoreline Study is will be developing and examining the feasibility of developing detailed plans for ecosystem restoration and the long-term flood protection levees, and other flood protection improvements.