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Hayward in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Wetland to Salt Pond and Back Again

 
 
Wetland to Salt Pond and Back Again Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, September 17, 2022
1. Wetland to Salt Pond and Back Again Marker
Inscription.  Dramatic reductions in tidal wetlands over the past 200 years, due to urban development, agriculture, and salt production, resulted in significant declines in marsh-dependent wildlife. In addition to providing critically important habitat for fish, birds, and other species, tidal wetlands aid in flood control and pollution filtration.

Ironically, the Bay Area’s long history of salt production resulted in the preservation of thousands of undeveloped acres that can now be restored to tidal wetlands.

The restoration process isn’t as simple as breaching the levees and letting Bay waters reclaim the land. There is a critical balance that must be maintained between recreational uses, municipal uses, and conservation efforts to keep the Bay clean and to provide pristine habitat for wetland species. Care is being taken to ensure that this valuable resource will be restored in a way that allows future generations to experience, learn about, and enjoy what will once again become tidal wetland.
 
Erected by East Bay Regional Park District.
 
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Location. 37° 37.286′ N, 122° 7.386′ W. Marker is in Hayward, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Eden Landing Road near Eden Landing Road. The resin marker is mounted to a metal stand on the San Francisco Bay Trail, southwest of the main parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3588 Arden Road, Hayward CA 94545, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Got Salt? (a few steps from this marker); A Salty Experiment in Habitat Management (approx. ¼ mile away); Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes in the City of Hayward (approx. half a mile away); Riches from Seawater and Sun (approx. 0.6 miles away); Working in the Salt Ponds (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Archimedes Screw Pump (approx. 0.8 miles away); Snowy Plovers Find a Home (approx. 0.8 miles away); Original Bull Gear (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hayward.
 
Also see . . .  California Department of Fish & Game: Area History.
Wetland to Salt Pond and Back Again Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, September 17, 2022
2. Wetland to Salt Pond and Back Again Marker
"The area was formerly owned and managed by Cargill Salt Co. as solar salt production facilities. In 1996, 835 acres were acquired from Cargill and an additional 5,500 acres in 2003. In 1998, the area was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission."
(Submitted on October 1, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.) 
 
Former Salt Pond Near the Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, September 17, 2022
3. Former Salt Pond Near the Marker
Eden Landing Ecological Reserve Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, September 17, 2022
4. Eden Landing Ecological Reserve Sign
Eden Landing Ecological Reserve Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, September 17, 2022
5. Eden Landing Ecological Reserve Sign
Inset Image image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, September 17, 2022
6. Inset Image
Eden Landing Bay Trail.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 1, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 1, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 1, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.

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