Daniela Ades

Daniela Ades

Help Save Newark Wetlands from Luxury Housing Development

One of the single largest opportunities to protect and restore San Francisco Bay wetlands and wildlife in the South San Francisco Bay is at risk of being lost forever—if we don’t take action immediately. Join us in taking action, and spreading the word to #SaveNewarkWetlands!

On Christmas eve last year, developers have secured approval by the City of Newark to pave over hundreds of acres of open space directly adjacent to the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge, trucking in over 100,000 dump trucks of fill to construct 469 luxury housing units—all atop restorable wetlands within a 100-year FEMA flood zone that is anticipated to be completely inundated by sea-level rise.

With the City of Newark having approved this destructive “Sanctuary West” development project, it is now up to the state regulatory agencies whose job it is to protect San Francisco Bay to step in and stop this destruction. Sign on to our petition to urge the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board) exercise their full regulatory authority to protect the “Newark Area 4” Baylands before it is too late. Both agencies have been on record expressing concern to the city of Newark regarding the proposed development.

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Citing the rapidly increasing rates of sea-level rise that’s expected to drown bay wetlands and the urgent need to protect critical wetland migration corridors for both wildlife habitat and flood buffers, the Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge, Center for Biological Diversity, Greenbelt Alliance, Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter, and San Francisco Baykeeper are launching petition campaigns that urge state regulators to protect Newark Area 4.

The 559-acre site now known as “Newark Area 4” are historic SF Bay wetlands—long prized by Bay scientists and wildlife managers for wetland and wildlife habitat restoration—are authorized for inclusion in the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Area 4 has also been identified as a key opportunity for nature-based adaptation for the sea-level rise—as a rare space for wetlands to migrate upland— providing critical habitat for endangered wildlife, flood protection for the community, and advancing resilience in the face of sea-level in the decades to come.

With the City of Newark’s approval of this development in December 2019 and legal efforts by environmentalists to challenge the environmental review so far unsuccessful, it is now up to BCDC and the SF Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, agencies responsible for protecting the Bay, to step in and protect Area 4 before these lands are paved over forever.

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