Study for Salt Pond Wildlife Restoration 2
This print is part of a collection inspired by a remarkable wetland restoration project, the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. This initiative, the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the West Coast, is breathing new life into the coastal wetland ecosystem surrounding the South Bay region, an area near the place I call home.
For over a century, the marshes in the South Bay were transformed into salt ponds for production, causing a significant loss of wetlands and a decline in fish, birds, and wildlife. But since 2003, a transformative restoration effort has been underway, reclaiming the landscape and creating vital habitats for diverse species.
Learning about the return of birds like the American Avocet, Marsh Wren, and the Long Billed Curlew has been truly awe-inspiring. It was also fascinating for me to discover the bacteria—dunaliella, halobacteria, synechococcus—that contribute to the colorful hues of the salt ponds. I incorporated these incredible organisms into my art pieces.
Beyond its ecological significance, this restoration project plays a crucial role in the Bay Area’s resilience. As the marshes regain their natural state, they serve as a protective barrier against rising sea levels, safeguarding the area and its communities. By 2050, it's projected that West Coast sea levels could rise 10-20 centimeters, making this restoration effort even more vital.
Through this art series, I strive to shed light on this groundbreaking ecological restoration and inspire others to appreciate and protect this remarkable region.