Water Quality in South San Francisco Bay, California: Current Condition and Potential Issues for the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project

  • J. Letitia GrenierEmail author
  • Jay A. Davis
Part of the Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology book series (RECT, volume 206)


Reengineering of the natural world is a hallmark of the human species. Along with this reengineering comes a need to sometimes reverse previous modifications. Management of wetlands in the USA is one example of this cycle of modification and restoration. Loss of wetlands across the USA during European colonization and industrialization has been followed decades and even centuries later by efforts to restore many of these habitats. Habitats can never be restored to their original, pristine form and function, and complete restoration is even more difficult in highly modified landscapes that have large human populations. In this chapter, we address water quality concerns that derive from chemical contamination that is related to the restoration of a large area of former tidal wetlands in the highly urbanized San Francisco Estuary in California, USA. Other water quality concerns are also briefly addressed. We begin by describing the San Francisco Estuary and cogent background associated with the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project.


Mercury Concentration Tidal Marsh Harbor Seal Fecal Indicator Bacterium Tidal Wetland 
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