South Bay’s levee greening project could be model for fight against climate change | ABC7

Originally aired on ABC7: Thursday, February 10, 2022
By Dan Ashley and Tim Didion

Along the southeast side of Bedwell Bayfront Park a design evolution is taking place that offers a glimpse of what 21st century levees could look like in the Bay Area and beyond. The 9.6 acre Ravenswood horizontal levee project is Save The Bay’s latest large-scale restoration endeavor. For this important project, we are combining our tried and true restoration method of planting native species by hand, with new strategies utilizing farming equipment to help spread the rhizomes of native grasses throughout the area. This project echoes a movement across the country looking to natural solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change and buffer communities from sea level rise. We hope to expand the Ravenswood site soon to include a nearby stretch of shoreline eventually greening 25 acres in total.

Partner organizations at Ravenswood include the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, Ducks Unlimited, the State Coastal Conservancy, the USFWS, the West Bay Sanitary District and the City of Menlo Park.