Images: Chewing Through The Bay’s Salty Past

Work is underway in Fremont to restore old salt ponds back into tidal marshes.

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The remains of the old Oliver salt plant occupy what were once tidal marshes along the Bay near Fremont. The salt plant opened around 1850, and closed in the 1920s.
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The tidal planes of Eden Landing are covered in salt from their days as a salt plant. Remains of the old plant poke through the mud and salt.
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Salt crystals in the tidal lands of Eden Landing. Back when the salt plant opened in the 1850s, schooners carried it back to a growing San Francisco.
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Partially blue skies open up to the salt flats of Eden Landing, near Fremont.
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Remains of the old salt plant at Eden Landing. The remnants of the old business will remain, even as the area's tidal marshes are restored to it original condition. A new public trail will pass by the area.
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The water runs red in the areas where the old salt plant one stood. The red water is evidence of very high salianation.
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A back loader chews through the old levees to allow the bay waters to return the area into a tidal marsh.
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A tractor dumps levee dirt to be hauled away. The dirt will help construct new levees in the area.
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Two sides of the levee in Eden Landing.
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Cracked red dirt shows evidence of high salianation in Eden Landing.
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A river cuts through the tidal lands of Eden Landing. In about a year, workers will knock down the levees allowing the waters to cover the old salt flats.
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Next summer, this area of flatland will be flooded with bay water to help restore it back into a tidal marshaldn.
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