Redwood City Salt Ponds Likely Safe From Development – at Least for Now

NBC Bay Area

The 1,400-acre Redwood City salt ponds along the San Francisco Bay Trail are coveted by environmentalists and developers. In 2009, the property owner, a Cargill subsidiary, proposed putting 12,000 housing units as well as commercial buildings on the site. Environmental groups, led by San Francisco Baykeeper and Save The Bay, argued the Clean Water Act protects bay waters from development. "Wetlands are wet. Therefore, they are water. It makes sense to all of us who care about preserving those wetlands as water," Baykeeper attorney Nicole Sasaki said.