We're on the verge of losing one of the best opportunities to protect and restore South San Francisco Bay's wetlands and wildlife.
Developers have won the city of Newark's approval to pave over hundreds of acres next to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. They’ll bring in 100,000 dump trucks of fill to build 469 luxury-housing units — all atop restorable wetlands in a 100-year FEMA flood zone likely to be inundated by sea-level rise.
You can help stop this disaster.
With Newark having approved this development — and a lawsuit by the Center and allies stymied — it's now up to two state regulatory agencies to stop the destruction. It's their job to protect San Francisco Bay, but they need to hear that this issue is important to you.
At stake is a 559-acre site known as "Newark Area 4." It includes San Francisco Bay wetlands long prized by scientists and wildlife managers for wetland and wildlife habitat restoration — and authorized for inclusion in the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Area 4 has also been identified as a key opportunity for nature-based adaptation to sea-level rise: a rare space where wetlands can migrate upland, providing vital habitat for endangered wildlife and flood protection for human communities.
But if developers get their way, this critical area will be just another housing development built on bay fill. And facing sea-level rise will be more difficult for people and wildlife — maybe impossible.
Urge regulators to save Newark Area 4 before it's too late.