Cargill Salt Ponds

Background

The Threat: Cargill’s Plans to Develop on Restorable Wetlands

More than a decade ago, Cargill proposed a massive city-size development on the 1400-acre Redwood City salt ponds — restorable wetlands that are critical for the health of the Bay. The proposal was so controversial that they were forced to withdraw their application.

But in 2019, Cargill convinced the Trump administration to withdraw Clean Water Act protections from the salt ponds to make it easier for Cargill to develop there. Green Foothills and our partners sued the Trump administration over that decision — and we won a resounding victory in court. But even now, Cargill could still attempt a new development proposal that would destroy hundreds of acres of restorable wetlands.

The Wrong Place For Development — The Right Place For Marsh Habitat

The Cargill salt ponds are simply the wrong place for development. They’re right across the street from heavy industry, far away from transit centers, and vulnerable to flooding and sea level rise.

Cargill should finally abandon their misguided development plans and donate the salt ponds to the Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge, as they have already done with nearly every other former salt pond in the South Bay. Then, these salt ponds could provide critical tidal marsh habitat for birds and other species, while protecting vulnerable communities from flooding and sea level rise.

Protect the Salt Ponds: Take Action To Oppose Development

Please join us in the fight to protect the Redwood City salt ponds! Sign the petition to tell the Redwood City Council that the Cargill salt ponds are the wrong place for development and should be restored to wetlands.

Support the Cargill Salt Ponds today!

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