Ravenswood Ponds Construction

New Trail & Wildlife Habitat
 

About the Project

Starting as early as June 2018, the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge will launch a levee maintenance and habitat enhancement project at the Refuge’s Ravenswood Ponds, on lands directly south of the City of Menlo Park’s Bedwell Bayfront Park. Maintenance work will shore up and repair pond levees, and, as part of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, ponds will be enhanced to create and improve wildlife habitat and build a new public trail. Maintaining levees and enhancing habitat require importing large quantities of soil. Trucks will need to drive through the Park entrance and on part of a San Francisco Bay Trail/Park perimeter trail that loops around the edge of the Park to reach Refuge lands. They will use the Park’s front parking area. To protect public safety, the impacted Park areas and trail segments will be closed when trucks are present. A flagger, barriers or fences will block access to those areas. When work is occurring, affected trail segments will generally be open for public use on weekends, and on weekdays after 5 p.m. When work is not occurring, trails will be open.  Please follow all trail closure signage and fencing. The closures are for your safety heavy trucks are operating.

Project Benefits

  • 294 acres of new tidal marsh
  • 37 acres of ponds improved for ducks and shorebirds
  • A new trail and viewing platform between Bayfront Expressway and the southern edge of Bedwell Bayfront Park
  • Improved All-American Canal levee to protect the pond bordering the Facebook campus

Further information about this project is available below.

News & Updates 

Note: This information based on construction activity is current as of Aug 1, 2018. As new information becomes available, we will provide additional updates.

Construction and soil hauling is expected to start in early June and last through the construction season (until the rains begin).

What to expect during construction

The Refuge and the Restoration Project are working to minimize traffic and trail access impacts. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we conduct important levee maintenance and prepare for habitat and trail construction later in 2018.

When will trucks operate?
Work is limited to Monday through Friday during the day. No weekend work is allowed. Trails will be open during the work hours when trucks are not present.

How long will the overall project last?
From 2018 to 2021. Project managers expect the bulk of the soil will be brought to the site during the 2018 season. Some trucking may take place in spring 2019, as well. Construction of the restoration project elements within the ponds will likely continue through the 2020, and may need to continue into 2021.  

Traffic Impacts: What are the expected traffic impacts?
Trucks will be exiting Highway 101 directly along Marsh Road. There will be increased traffic at the vehicle entrance/exit area of Bedwell Bayfront Park. 

Park Impacts: Which roads, parking areas, trails and trail access points are going to be impacted?
Trucks will exit Highway 101 at Marsh Road and use Marsh Road to enter Bedwell Bayfront Park. They will then drive along the area now devoted to the Park’s front parking area, and turn right onto the Bay Trail/Park perimeter trail, traversing this trail along the west side of the Park to Refuge lands. In order to protect pedestrians and bicyclists, a new pedestrian/bicycle entrance, to the south of the existing entrance, will be established [indicated in blue on the map]. The park access trail closest to Marsh Road will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists, as will the Marsh Road crossing area. 

Contractors will develop a new trucking route outside of the Bay Trail/Park perimeter trail, so that construction traffic can gradually be removed from most parts of the trail. The goal is to complete that work by the end of 2018. Updated maps will be provided showing the current portions of trails that are closed or impacted by construction. The primary work season is expected to extend from May to October. 

Will there be signs and people on hand to help?
The soil hauling company Pacific States has certified traffic controllers who will be on-site with flags when trucks are active on site. Flaggers will be stationed at the pedestrian crossing area at the entrance to the park (as indicated on the map). Signs indicating trail closures will be located at the entrance to the park and at intersections of the Bay Trail/Park perimeter trail and park trails. 

How can members of the public access the City’s free compost pile at the entrance to Bedwell Bayfront Park?
Trucks may hinder the public’s ability to drive up and collect compost from the pile during weekday work hours. The compost pile would always be available on weekends and during the week before 8 AM and after 5 PM. 

Background & History

Environmental & Community Benefits

The levee maintenance and habitat enhancement work will provide a variety of environmental and community benefits including:

  • Enhanced and restored habitat for endangered and native wildlife 
  • New recreational trail and viewing area

Initial Construction Work

Work in spring 2018 will be levee maintenance focused on shoring up levees. The mission of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is to manage its acreage to conserve fish, wildlife, and plants. The Refuge contains many levees that are battered by winds and tides. The Refuge keeps these levees in good condition by adding new soil, so they can continue to protect the integrity of the ponds that are important foraging and breeding habitat for many waterbirds.

South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project Phase 2 Ravenswood Construction

Work is expected to begin later in 2018 on South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project’s Phase 2 plans for Ravenswood.

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Figure 6.4: Preferred Alternative for Ravenswood

What South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project Phase 2 construction will accomplish:

Habitat Restoration:

Create 294 acres of tidal marsh south of Bedwell Bayfront Park. The new habitat will feature 8 acres of new upland areas along the Park and the All-American Canal levee so wildlife can escape storms, high tides and sea level rise. The work at Pond R4 will be accomplished by breaching the levee between the pond and San Francisco Bay to let in Bay tides. Work includes improving the All-American Canal levee to protect 270 acres to the west, Pond R3. This pond borders the north and east sides of the Facebook campus. It will be kept as dry salt flat for threatened western snowy plovers to nest.

Habitat Enhancement:

Transform 37 acres of ponds between the Bayfront Expressway and Bedwell Bayfront Park into shallow water habitat for ducks and shorebirds.

Trail and Viewing Platform:

A new trail will run from the Bay Trail on Bayfront Expressway south of Chilco Street through ponds to reconnect with the Bay Trail at the southern edge of Bedwell Bayfront Park, creating a loop around Ponds R5/S5. A new viewing platform midway along the trail will offer views of three different types of bird habitat, the duck ponds, newly developing wetlands and dry nesting habitat for the threatened western snowy plover.

Link for More Information

For more information on the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, see https://www.fws.gov/refuge/don_edwards_san_francisco_bay/.


Other Phase 2 Information

Public Meeting: Eden Landing Phase 2 Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

     6:00-8:00 p.m.

     Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge 3rd Floor Auditorium

     1 Marshlands Road, Fremont

     Click here for Google Maps link

     Draft Agenda

If you need assistance to participate in the meeting, contact Ariel Ambruster at aambrust@ccp.csus.edu or 510–815–7111 by May 1 to allow time to process the request.

We Welcome Your Comments on the document! 
You can provide comments on the document by state’s deadline, close of business on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. If you have comments pertaining specifically to actions, operations and policies of federal agencies, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, be sure to submit them by the federal government’s earlier deadline of close of business on Monday, May 21, 2018.

Please send comments to:

Email:phase2comments@southbayrestoration.org

Website: Brief comments can be submitted through this website.

Regular mail:
Brenda Buxton, Deputy Program Manager
State Coastal Conservancy
1515 Clay St., 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

View a Hard Copy of the Document

Hard copies of the document are also available for public review, during business hours, at:

Copies of the document also are available for public review at the following libraries:

Questions? Here’s Who You Can Contact: 

  • For general questions about the meeting, how to review the draft document or how to submit comments:
  • Ariel Ambruster, aambrust@ccp.csus.edu, or ask via the website comment form.
  • For questions about the document content or the NEPA/CEQA process:
  • Brenda Buxton, State Coastal Conservancy, bbuxton@scc.ca.gov, or ask via the website comment form.

Information on the alternatives:

June 30 Eden Landing Scoping Meeting Presentation [PDF]

Eden Landing Phase 2 Alternatives - [PPT]

See below under Other Phase 2 Documents for the Notice of Preparation and other Eden Landing-related documents released to date.

Alviso/Ravenswood:

The final environmental analysis document details Phase 2 plans for 2,400 acres of ponds in the Alviso area near San Jose and Mountain View, and the Ravenswood area near East Palo Alto/Menlo Park. Click here to see a map of Phase 2 plans in these areas.

  • To Download: You can download all or part of the final Environmental Impact Statement/Report here.

To View a Hard Copy of the Final Alviso/Ravenswood EIS/R:

  • San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex Headquarters, 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont, CA 94555, 
    510-792-0222 [map]
  • State Coastal Conservancy 1330 Broadway, 13th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612, 510-286-1015 [map]
  • US Army Corps San Francisco District, 1455 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-503-6804, [map]
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District administration building, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118, 
    408-265-2600, [map]

Copies of the document also are available for public review at the following libraries:

Other Phase 2 Documents

These handouts summarize key actions under consideration:

You can give us your thoughts and ideas through our comment form.