Minnesota-based agribusiness giant Cargill Inc. is threatening to build a massive development on 1,436 acres of restorable salt ponds in Redwood City. In May 2009, Cargill's development partner, Arizona-based luxury home builder DMB Associates, submitted a proposal to Redwood City officials to fill the salt pond site with up to 12,000 units of housing and up to 30,000 new residents. A regional outcry and strong opposition from Redwood City residents led to this initial plan being rejected in May 2012. However Cargill/DMB have vowed to continue in their attempts to build on this key piece of the Bay. This development of these critical restorable salt ponds represents the single biggest threat to San Francisco Bay and must be stopped to protect our great natural treasure for future generations and vulnerable wildlife.
The past century has seen attempts to fill the Bay by some of the country's biggest corporate interests. Santa Fe Railroad, Mobil and the Rockefellers have all seen San Francisco Bay as little more than a real estate opportunity. Read about this history and the movement that saved the Bay from becoming a narrow river.
From rising sea levels and earthquake danger to protecting the Port of Redwood City and saving the Bay, there are many reasons why building thousands of houses on Cargill’s salt ponds doesn’t make sense. Click here to learn more about why this development is a bad idea.
The ultimate outsiders, Minnesota-based Cargill Inc. and Arizona luxury-home developer DMB Associates have launched an aggressive campaign to infiltrate Redwood City. But who are they? Learn more about America’s largest private company, their developer, and their questionable environmental records.
Wetland scientist and mapping experct Karin Tuxen Bettman offers a Google Earth tour that shows historical imagery of the tidal marshes that used to exist at the Cargill Salt Ponds, and illustrates the ecological reasons why we must restore the salt ponds back to their original state. Click here to start the tour!