DU and partners receive $8M in funding for Phase 2 of South Bay Salt Pond restoration

Ducks Unlimited was awarded $8 million from the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority last month, providing the final funding necessary to complete Phase 2 of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project in the Ravenswood and Alviso Ponds and launch the next phase of the adaptive management science program.

One of the largest wetland restoration projects in the United States, the South Bay Salt Pond (SBSP) Restoration Project is a multiagency effort to restore 15,100 acres of former salt evaporation ponds in South San Francisco Bay in phases over a 50-year period.

The project was one of eight approved last month in the first allocation of the $12 parcel tax (Measure AA) proceeds that Bay Area residents voted on in 2016 to clean up the Bay.

Because of the $25 million in parcel tax money handed out this week, the salt pond known as Ravenswood R4 will soon be home to fish, birds, plants and the other wildlife that once flourished on the edge of the bay before developers of the past figured that all a wetland was good for was landfill, a salt pond or a dump.

“This is the largest wetland restoration project on the West Coast,” said John Bourgeois, manager of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, as he gazed out on his domain on Thursday in the early morning sun. “People want a healthy bay, and it’s important for them to know what we’re doing out here.”

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For more information on Ducks Unlimited’s work on Phase I of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, click here.