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San Francisco Bay Delta

South Bay Salt Ponds: Construction at Mountain View Ponds

This project will restore 690 acres of tidal wetlands and create 20 acres of upland habitat in the Mountain View Complex of the South Bay Salt Pond (SBSP) Restoration Project, and is an important investment towards reaching the goal of 100,000 acres of tidal marsh around San Francisco Bay. The restoration also builds resiliency to sea level rise along the South Bay’s shoreline. The goal of this project is to create self-sustaining tidal wetlands, a transition zone for accommodating sea level rise, and uplands that provide valuable habitat for special status species, improve Bay water quality, and provide public access for compatible, passive recreation.

Project Facts

Recipient: Ducks Unlimited
Funding: $1,677,683 (non-federal match = $1,677,683)
Project Period: October 2016 - December 2021
Partners: California State Coastal Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Environmental Results Summary: South Bay Salt Ponds
Construction at Mountain View Ponds
OUTPUTS (Activities, efforts, and/or work product during project period)
OUTCOMES (Environmental results)
(1-5 yrs)

Raise elevation of Coast Casey Forebay levee to 14.7ft and raise levee between Pond A1 and Charleston Slough

Create approximately 6,500 linear feet of upland transition zone

Construct 6 levee breaches (2 armored with bridges) on Pond A1 and A2W

Earthwork and construction of 3-5 new nesting islands in each pond

Build 2 new viewing platforms with interpretation, as well as 1.5 miles of Bay trails

Maintain or improve existing level of flood protection for neighboring areas

Create 20 acres of habitat transition zone to allow for wetland species movement

Fully tidal inundate 690 acres

Increase numbers of migratory shorebirds roosting and nesting in project area

Adapt to sea level rise projections

Create connected high quality tidal marsh and upland refugia

Increase acreage of salt marsh as vegetation recruits; also support an increased number of salt marsh-dependent species, including birds, fish, and mammals in project area

Increase numbers of migratory shorebirds roosting and nesting in project area

Environmental education available to underserved communities in Santa Clara County

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