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Eden Landing – Levee Portrait

Cris

September 15 marked the end of my nesting season hiatus and I can fly kites in Eden Landing again. High on the list was a request from the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project management team to photograph the levee separating Salt Pond E9 from Salt Pond E14. This levee was rebuilt several years ago in an impressive manner that involved imported earth (rather than dredged mud) brought to the site over a bridge temporarily constructed over North Creek (at the northwest corner of Salt Pond E6B. The idea was to get “before” photographs of the levee prior to a large effort this fall by Save the Bay to establish vegetation along its length.

South levee Salt Pond E14

The levee between Salt Pond E14 (left) and Salt Pond E9 (right) in 2013.

As it turned out I had photographed this levee in August 2011, not long after it was reconstructed. I decided, nevertheless, to visit again before the levee revegetation work to photograph another round of baseline images. It’s interesting comparing these two sets of images taken about two years apart. The main differences show up in salt ponds E9 and E8X which had been returned to tidal flow around the time of the 2011 photographs. Into 2011 these two ponds had family vibrant colors and E8X was sporting a dense mat of cyanobacteria. By 2013 tidal flow had muted the colors of Salt Pond E9, there was evidence of sedimentation, and one can see the beginnings of marsh vegetation. On the other side of the levee Salt Pond E14, which had been maintained in a fairly dry state for Snowy Plover habitat, showed little visible change.

Salt Pond E9

Marsh colors and textures are returning in the bottom of (former) Salt Pond E9.

It will be interesting to see how well the levee responds to Save the Bay’s revegetation efforts.

Here is a set of images from the session that I have posted to Flickr:

 

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