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Bay Wetlands Restoration Underway In Alviso Area Of San Jose

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Restored Salt Marsh in San Francsico Bay.

Restored Salt Marsh in San Francsico Bay.

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SAN JOSE (KCBS) — The destruction of a levee near Alviso will restore more than 300 acres of a salt pond to their natural habitat.

Heavy earth moving equipment is tearing four holes in the levee that surrounds an old salt pond in Alviso. It is not an easy task, especially after a heavy rain.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

Once breached, water from the San Francisco Bay will flow into the pond – also known as A6 – for the first time in decades. It would restore a natural wetlands habitat for sea creatures, but it would chase off a large colony of seagulls.

Christen Hirsch with the United States Geological Survey worries about what will happen to the gulls.

“A6 is one of the largest California gull nesting colonies in this entire area,” she said. “So when the pond gets breached, everyone is kind of wondering where they’re going to go.”

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