27 Apr '11, 9pm

Salt of the earth: Environmentalists and urbanists collide over San Francisco Bay development via @grist

Salt of the earth: Environmentalists and urbanists collide over San Francisco Bay development via @grist

These salt ponds are going to be transformed in the next few years. The question is how. Photo: Matt Baume In a collection of salt evaporation ponds tucked between a freeway, a sleepy little marina, and the headquarters of Dreamworks Animation, the San Francisco Bay's ecological future hangs in the balance. The ponds themselves look deceptively blank: Vast flat rectangles of shallow water once used by Cargill to produce salt, the two-and-a-quarter square miles are fenced-off and nearly featureless, like an enormous bank of flattened solar panels. To the west is Bair Island, itself a former salt pond. After four years of restoration, veiny tributaries and puffs of native scrub have begun to reemerge, drawing threatened species like the California Clapper Rail and Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse. To the east is Bayfront Park, a capped landfill where you can climb a slope with rolli...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/urbanism/2011-04-27-environmentalist...

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