South Bay Challenge

The ambitious effort to restore thousands of acres of salt marsh in the South Bay has been germinating for the past decade. Now it’s showtime.

 

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A Tall Order

October 01, 2004 by Glen Martin

There are many factors to consider—from endangered species and sediment deficits to flood control and budget deficits—when you restore 16,500 acres of salt ponds.

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Bay Activist: Florence LaRiviere

October 01, 2004 by Kathleen M. Wong

When Florence LaRiviere heard last year that 16,000 acres of Cargill’s salt ponds had been acquired for restoration, the longtime Bay advocate rejoiced. “This work will start changing the land and the waters back to what they looked like a long time ago. It’s very, very heartwarming to me,” the 80-year-old great grandmother says. Her […]

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Invitation to a Restoration

October 01, 2004 by Susan Pultz Williams

Planners designing a strategy for one of the biggest wetlands recovery projects ever undertaken in this country—the South Bay salt pond restoration—want to hear what folks like you and your neighbors have to say about it. You may have ideas about how the project can achieve its goals of creating habitats for a rich diversity […]

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Refuge Volunteer: Eileen McLaughlin

October 01, 2004 by Kathleen M. Wong

The baylands’ swampy smells and power lines are distasteful to many. But to Eileen McLaughlin, Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge was unknown territory to be explored. This energetic woman started volunteering at the refuge in 1998, going out to closed areas of the refuge on airboats with biologists to help replant native species, and turning […]

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Scientist: Howard Shellhammer

October 01, 2004 by Kathleen M. Wong

Howard Shellhammer is known as the champion of a very rare mouse. A world expert on the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse, the former San Jose State biology professor has studied these diminutive rodents for over four decades, and spoken out often on their behalf. Defending the mouse “is a way to defend marshes,” Shellhammer […]

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Shrimper: Tom Laine

October 01, 2004 by Kathleen M. Wong

Tom Laine knew the salt ponds long before they were making salt. “I was born here in 1937, and I’ve been on the Bay since I was five,” the Alviso native says. “I know what the Bay is supposed to look like.” He remembers the stands of tules and marsh grasses that once screened his […]

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