Bringing Species Back
Once restored, Eden Landing will provide habitat to benefit different species, including:
- California clapper rail and the salt marsh harvest mouse, both endangered species; and the state-listed threatened black rail.
- Steelhead trout, starry flounder, and pacific herring.
- Western snowy plover, a threatened species and thousands of shorebirds.
- Migrating waterfowl, such as the northern shoveler.
This is one of the most biologically significant restoration projects in the Bay Area, benefiting hundreds of species.
As part of the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project, Save The Bay is working to restore more than 600 acres of tidal wetlands at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay in Hayward. This effort, part of Save The Bay's partnership with the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), will involve volunteers in hands-on restoration and stewardship projects to improve habitat.
Save The Bay worked for decades to secure public ownership of salt production ponds in South San Francisco Bay, which was accomplished in 2003. Now, Save The Bay is helping advance the largest wetland restoration project in the history of the Bay, which will replenish the Bay ecosystem, provide recreation opportunities for residents who have been walled off from the Bay shoreline and increase valuable habitat for endangered waterfowl, shorebirds and fish.
Photo: Dan Sullivan
Save The Bay Restores Eden Landing
Save The Bay and CDFG have already worked with hundreds of volunteers to remove 5,000 pounds of debris from this site, but natural tidal flow is needed in order for restoration to be successful. To date, CDFG has breached three levees at Eden Landing to return Bay waters to the former salt ponds, allowing for Save The Bay volunteers to establish native vegetation along a half-mile section at the perimeter of the flooded area. Revegetation activities will include the following:
- Hydroseeding with a native tidal marsh seed mix
- Installation of vegetated coir mats to reduce erosion and rapidly establish natives
- Laying tarps on specific problem areas to reduce weed infestations through solarization
- Planting more than 5,000 site-specific native seedlings