San Jose: Buying a salt marsh as big as Central Park


The city of San Jose is planning to purchase an 865-acre salt mars, a plot about the size of New York’s Central Park, for $13 million dollars. According to the Mercury News, “ the 856-acre pond, ringed by levees and bordering Coyote Creek, is the same size as New York’s Central Park. Its purchase comes two months after a $100 million state and federal deal to buy and restore 16,500 acres of Cargill’s other bayfront salt ponds.
I’ve done a lot of hiking around in the Alviso wetlands, and that area feels like one of the few areas in the Valley that hasn’t been totally developed–thought the housing developments are rushing in. It’s good to hear the city will protect those lands, and perhaps one day turn them back to marsh for wildlife.