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Reclaiming the Bay

Original post made on Jan 11, 2019

More than a square mile of former salt ponds north of Mountain View is set to begin its transformation back into wetland habitat, returning the city's bayshore to its natural state after more than a century of industrial salt production.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 11, 2019, 12:33 PM

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Posted by night walk8r
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 11, 2019 at 2:31 pm

So, finally we get a beach in Mountain View? !

Posted by MV Renter
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 11, 2019 at 2:46 pm

@night walk8r

I think it would be a really stinky beach for quite a few years yet. I'm sure it will take several seasons for the region to acclimate and adapt.

Posted by Waldo
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 11, 2019 at 3:36 pm

Waldo is a registered user.

Since we are gaining a square mile of marshland, can we now allow some landfill at SFO, to allow for necessary separation between runways? As the situation stands, even mild visibility impairment, such as recent rains, eliminates one runway for landings, cutting capacity in half. The recent AeroMexico dustup was directly caused by re-routing an arrival from SFO to OAK.

Posted by Vernon Brechin
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Jan 12, 2019 at 8:11 pm

There was mention of planning for the next 100 years. Anyone, who has been closely following the latest data regarding Anthropogenic Climate Disruption (ACD) should understand that there is virtually no likelihood that humans, or other higher life forms will survive until then. Such realists likely constitute less than 1% of the U.S. population.

I am glad that many groups of people are pursuing the things that they love in the meantime.

Posted by David
a resident of another community
on Jan 19, 2019 at 7:33 pm

Great article by Kevin. And no, Waldo -- no new runways in the bay are planned or possible at SFO, which is improving its capacity through better technology and operations without more fill. Those plans decades ago proved prohibitively expensive and would have bankrupted the airport. Building stable tarmac on soft bay mud in a seismic zone is huge engineering challenge. In fact, both the SF Airport Commission and the SF Board of Supervisors made it their official policy not to fill in more of the Bay 15 years ago.

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