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South San Francisco Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project— A Synthesis of Phase-1 Mercury Studies

Mark Marvin-DiPasquale, Darell Slotton, Josh T. Ackerman, Maureen Downing-Kunz, Bruce E. Jaffe, Amy C. Foxgrover, Fernanda Achete, Mick van der Wegen | March 7th, 2023

The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project (SBSPRP) encompasses over 6,000 hectares of former salt production ponds along the south edge of the San Francisco Bay and represents the largest wetland restoration effort on the west coast of North America. A series of studies associated with Phase 1 (2010–2018) restoration activities that are focused on a historically mercury contaminated slough and series of ponds within the restoration area have recently been completed. This report brings together the key findings of these loosely coordinated studies and integrates the results into a more comprehensive and holistic product that informs future restoration activities associated with the SBSPRP and elsewhere.


ecosystem restoration, Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta, science management, water quality, wetlands