Stop Development on South San Francisco Bay Shoreline
One of the last unprotected open space areas along the south San Francisco Bay shoreline is at risk.
Developers want to truck in 1.67 million cubic yards of fill (over 100,000 truckloads) to build nearly 500 houses on top of open space lands and wildlife habitat in what’s called “Area 4” by the City of Newark. We must fight this proposal to restore the San Francisco Bay shoreline!
A mosaic of wetlands and uplands, the 559-acre Area 4 is home to over a dozen special-status species, including the endangered Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse (a unique marsh species only found in San Francisco Bay). This area is also directly adjacent to Mowry Slough, one of the Bay’s most critical pupping sites for Pacific harbor seals. Almost entirely within a 100-year flood plain, development of Area 4 would destroy wildlife habitat and expose thousands of new residents to flooding from sea level rise.
Scientists and resource agencies have been unequivocal in their desire to see Area 4 protected and restored. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has said “the proposed development of Area 4 will only add to the cumulative loss of tidal wetlands in San Francisco Bay and endangered species that are dependent on that habitat.” The SF Bay Regional Water Board has similarly urged its protection, saying Area 4 presents “a rare opportunity… to provide an area for tidal marsh species to move up slope in response to sea level rise.”
This issue is urgent! Email the Newark City Council now, asking them to stop this development before it’s too late, and instead, advocate for the long-term protection and restoration of the area that provides wildlife habitat and flood protection in the face of climate change and sea level rise.
Over a dozen environmental organizations have called on the City of Newark to stop this development, and instead, promote the inclusion of Area 4 in the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Organizations include Alameda Creek Alliance, California Native Plant Society – East Bay Chapter, Center for Biological Diversity, Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge, Defenders of Wildlife, Greenbelt Alliance, Ohlone Audubon Society, San Francisco Baykeeper, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter, Save The Bay, and the Tri-City Ecology Center. Join us in asking the City of Newark to halt development plans, before it’s too late.
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