Marsh Restoration Projects along Mt. Eden Creek


I made a Sunday afternoon trip down to the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve for my first KAP session under my 2011-2012 salt pond permits. I have just recently completed my status report from last year and, more importantly, the nesting season is winding down. It is nice to be out in this landscape again.

Eden Landing Nature Preserve

A stitched panorama of the Mt. Eden Creek landscape.

The Eden Landing Ecological Reserve is located on the edge of San Francisco Bay just south of the East Bay approach to the San Mateo Bridge. The center of the preserve is Mt. Eden Creek, a waterway that journalist Jon Sandoval once called the “cradle of the Bay Area salt industry.” The area does hold intriguing traces of many 19th Century salt works. It is also home to a series of interesting contemporary projects as the California Department of Fish and Game manages initiatives to restore habitat, provide recreation and control flooding as part of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project.

The photographs in this series were taken over the eastern end of the reserve, above Mt. Eden Creek Marsh and North Creek Marsh, both recent wetland restoration projects. These lands were quite barren a few years ago and have recently been returned to tidal flow (North Creek Marsh in 2006, Mt. Eden Creek Marsh in 2008). The landscape continues its transition with levee construction currently underway and a new set of levee breaches in the coming months. It is fun to capture the changes as they occur and the old textures before they disappear.

Here is a set of images posted to Flickr:

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