Policy: Salt Ponds, No 3

"Any project for' the restoration, enhancement or conversion of salt ponds to subtidal or wetland habitat should include clear and specific long-term and short-term biological and physical goals, success criteria, a monitoring program, and provisions for long-term maintenance and management needs. Design and evaluation of the project should include an analysis of:
The anticipated habitat type that would result from pond conversion or restoration, and the predicted effects on the diversity, abundance and distribution of fish, other aquatic organisms and wildlife; Potential fill activities, including the use of fill material such as sediments dredged from the Bay and rock, to assist restoration objectives; Flood management measures;Mosquito abatement measures; Measures to control non-native species;The protection of the services provided by existing public facilities and utilities such as power lines and rail lines;Siting, design and management of public access to maximize public access and recreational opportunities while avoiding significant adverse effects on wildlife; andWater quality protection measures that include management of highly saline discharges into the Bay; monitoring and management of mercury methylation and sediments with contaminants; managing the release of copper and nickel to the Bay; and the minimization of sustained low dissolved oxygen levels in managed ponds."

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