The Science of Sustainability

From Salt Ponds to Wetlands

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For more than 100 years, the southern shoreline of San Francisco Bay has been a center for industrial salt production. Now, in an attempt to roll back the clock, federal and state biologists are working on a 40-year, $1 billion project to restore the ponds to healthy wetlands for fish, wildlife and public recreation. QUEST visits the largest wetlands restoration project in the West.

You may view the "From Salt Ponds to Wetlands" TV story online, as well as find additional links and resources.

Chris Bauer is a Segment Producer for television on QUEST, and is the producer for this story.

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Chris Bauer is a Freelance Media Producer with over 20 years experience working in broadcast television; producing sports, history, technology, science, environment and adventure related programming. He is a two-time winner of the international Society of Environmental Journalists Award for Outstanding Television Story and has received multiple Northern California Emmy Awards. Some of his Quest stories have been featured in the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, United Nations Association Film Festival, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and the Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC. A 5th generation Bay Area resident and a graduate of St. Mary's College of California, his hobbies include canoeing, snowboarding, wood-working and trying to play the ukulele. He and his family live in Alameda, CA.
  • Jim Clegg

    I wonder how much thought has gone into the matter of the Artemia (brine shrimp) populations
    in the South regions of the SF Bay? These animals are not only critical parts of several food chains but are among the most unique species of Artemia in the world. It would be a disaster to those who use these organisms for basic research if they were to disappear, or even be reduced to very small populations.

  • Jill Singleton

    You'll be glad to know that approximately 9600 acres of active salt ponds will remain within the Refuge. These ponds are what we call "mid-salinity" ponds where brine shrimp pre-dominate and you find the avocets, black-neck stilts and other shore birds. Indeed, these ponds formed the core of the Refuge when it was created in 1979 and have served a dual use ever since. They slowly concentrating salt brines and provide habitat. Over several years, the brines are moved to Cargill's industrial plant site in Newark where the salt precipitates on crystallizer beds and is mechanically harvested.

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  • Chris Bauer

    STORY UPDATE: "A nesting pair of California clapper rails and their two chicks have been confirmed in San Francisco's Heron's Head Park, the first time in decades that the endangered chicken-like bird has been documented breeding in the city."

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