South Bay Salt Ponds

Save The Bay worked for decades to secure public control of salt production ponds in South San Francisco Bay, and now we are working to help advance the largest wetland restoration project in the history of the Bay. Over 16,000 acres of diked ponds will be restored gradually to both tidal and non-tidal marsh, replenishing a tattered Bay ecosystem and providing recreation to improve the region’s quality of life. Restoration will increase valuable habitat for endangered waterfowl, shorebirds, and fish.

Restoration enlarges and improves the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and provides opportunities for residents and visitors to experience the diverse wildlife of San Francisco Bay.

Our participation in the salt pond restoration planning will enhance opportunities for the public to become educated and involved.

Read Greening the Bay - Save The Bay's report on financing wetland restoration in San Francisco Bay.

Take Action Now!

Minnesota-based agribusiness giant Cargill Inc. is threatening to fill in and build on 1,433 acres of Bayfront salt ponds in Redwood City.  Now that these former tidal wetlands are not needed for salt production, the site must be sold or transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be included in the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge to provide recreation for residents and habitat for fish and wildlife.  Tell Cargill that San Francisco Bay cannot be sacrificed for profit.  Take action now>>

Photo: Judy Irving

In Depth
Turning Salt into Environmental Gold (PDF)
Save The Bay 2002 report recommending salt pond acquisition.

South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project
Clearinghouse for all information about the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the west coast.