For more than a century, the southernmost part of San Diego Bay has been devoted to commerce instead of wildlife. It was all thanks to the discovery of how the marshland could produce a commodity — salt. Now, there’s a renewal in the works.
“You should’ve seen it when we first opened it up,” says one of the turnaround’s architects. “The birds just immediately flocked here, checking out the mud flats that hadn’t been seen for years.”
We hear more from Chris Nordby, a wetland ecologist, in this week’s Q&A. He talks about the effects of the local power plant on the environment, the future of the southern part of the bay and the fate of exotic creatures who may potentially be looking for a new home.
Ultimately, he said, “I see this as a little, natural, power plant. With all this food that’s being produced on the mudflats and the marsh for all these creatures from fungus up to humans. These are great nurseries. Hopefully, some day, you’ll be able to eat the fish you catch here. It’s just going to be full of life, which it already is.”
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