Published in The Daily Journal on 3/11/20 Recently, Redwood City leaders were informed that Cargill and its development partner, luxury...
Cargill Salt Ponds
The Threat: The Trump Administration’s Attack On Restorable Wetlands
The Trump administration decided in 2019 to give up Clean Water Act jurisdiction over the Cargill salt ponds in Redwood City, going against the facts, the law, and the findings of its own professional staff. This arbitrary decision by the Trump administration has one primary result: facilitating development on these restorable wetlands.
The Cargill salt ponds are part of the Bay. They support an abundance of wildlife, including shorebirds and migratory waterfowl and the species they feed upon. As former wetlands, they also provide an unparalleled opportunity for restoration to enhance the Bay ecosystem and protect our communities from sea level rise. In addition, they are a terrible place for development since they are far from transit, close to heavy industries, and directly in the path of sea level rise.
Defending Restorable Wetlands
Green Foothills filed suit against the Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2019 over its unlawful and destructive decision. We are committed to defending the restorable wetlands on the Cargill salt ponds, and we’re not going to stand by while Cargill uses the Trump administration’s eagerness to gut environmental laws for its own advantage.
But the fight won’t end with this lawsuit. The Cargill salt ponds can’t be developed without approval from a number of agencies, including the Redwood City Council. We’re advocating for the salt ponds to be protected from development and restored to their historic status as Bay wetlands.
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.
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On September 24, Committee for Green Foothills, together with 3 other environmental groups, filed suit against the Trump administration over...
Seven years ago, we stopped plans by agribusiness giant Cargill to build a massive new city of 30,000 people on...