Current Work

Find out about construction now underway at our Current Work page.

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Digging open Ravenswood former industrial salt pond so nature can rebuild salt marsh. Credit: Jack Morris drone footage. 

Measuring Progress

In 2003, we launched a 50-year effort to restore South Bay wetlands, expand Bayside public access and provide for flood management.

Here is what the Restoration Project has accomplished to date:

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Progress in Pictures: Before & After

Tidal Marsh Restoration

Island Ponds salt flat to wetlands, 2002 – 2012

Island Ponds salt flat to wetlands, 2002Island Ponds salt flat to wetlands, 2012

 

Island Ponds salt flats to wetlands close-up, 2005 - 2015

Island Ponds salt flats to wetlands close-up, 2005Island Ponds salt flats to wetlands close-up, 2015

 

Island Ponds mudflat to vegetation in one year, 2008 – 2009

Island Ponds mudflat to vegetation in one year, 2008Island Ponds mudflat to vegetation in one year, 2009

Habitat Enhancement

Our habitat work also optimizes salt ponds for waterbirds and shorebirds, altering water levels and salt levels and adding islands and mounds.

See the changes as we turned acres of salt-crusted moonscape at Ravenswood’s SF2 Pond to a wet pond with 30 nesting islands for birds:

Ravenswood Pond SF2 salt flats to nesting islands, 2008 - 2015

Ravenswood Pond SF2 2008 salt flats to nesting islandsRavenswood Pond SF2 2015 salt flats to nesting islands

Restoration Project Milestones

View our progress over the years.