San Francisco Bay Delta


South San Francisco Bay salt ponds

Contact: Greg Shellenbarger, Research Hydrologist, gshellen@usgs.gov

The largest tidal wetland restoration project on the West Coast is unfolding at the edge of Silicon Valley, ushering ecosystem service benefits like natural flood control and wildlife habitat. USGS scientists are working closely with project leaders, guiding their adapative management actions with critical research and monitoring efforts.

Science Support for Salt Pond Restoration and Management in South San Francisco Bay

Relevant work:

Athearn, N.D., K. Goodenough, J.Y. Takekawa, A.K. Miles, M.K. Saiki, S. Spring, F. Mejia, G.G. Shellenbarger, and D.H. Schoellhamer. 2005. Napa-Sonoma marshes pond 3, hydrologic and biotic changes in a salt pond following breaching: Proceedings of the 7th biennial State-of-the-Estuary Conference, Oakland, California, October 4-6, 2005, p. 59

Brand, L.A., Smith, L., Takekawa, J.Y., Athearn, N.D., Taylor, K., Shellenbarger, G., Schoellhamer, D.H., and Spenst, R., 2012, Trajectory of early tidal marsh restoration: Elevation, sedimentation and colonization of breached salt ponds in the northern San Francisco Bay. Ecological Engineering, v. 42, p. 19-29

Schoellhamer, D.H., Orlando, J.L., Wright, S.A., and Freeman, L.A., 2008, Sediment supply and demand: South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project 2006 Science Symposium Presentation Synopses, p. 20-22.

Shellenbarger, G.G., Schoellhamer, D.H., Morgan, T.L., Takekawa, J.Y., Athearn, N.D., and Henderson, K., in press, Dissolved oxygen in Guadalupe Slough and Pond A3W, South San Francisco Bay, California, August and September 2007: USGS Open-file Report 2008-1097, 27 p. (IP-004008)

Takekawa, J., Woo, I., Athearn, N., Demers, S., Gardiner, R., Perry, W., Ganju, N., Shellenbarger, G., and Schoellhamer, D., 2010, Measuring sediment accretion in early tidal marsh restoration: Wetlands Ecology and Management, DOI: 10.1007/s11273-009-9170-6

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