Aerial view of the South Bay salt ponds, looking north. The town of Alviso is on the lower left, along Alviso Slough. Guadalupe Slough is to the left, Coyote Creek and Mowry Slough to the right. The ponds south and east of Coyote Creek are included in the restoration process; the ponds to the north are being retained by Cargill. The differing colors of the ponds indicate different stages in the evaporation process. The red ponds along Mowry Slough have the highest level of salinity; the color is caused by the algae, microbes, and brine shrimp that thrive in these conditions.
Photo by Saul Chaikin.