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Artist Rendering of Terraced HabitatBalanced Land Use, Multiple Benefits
The Facility occupies 2,600 acres along the southern San Francisco Bay—a site larger than the Golden Gate Park. Currently, this land is used for operations and as open space that buffers nearby communities from odors and Facility activities.

Over the next 30 years, the Facility will be modernized and rebuilt. Projects recommended by the Plant Master Plan and implemented through the Capital Improvement Program will include state-of-the-art upgrades in treatment technology. As operations become more efficient, the Facility’s footprint will shrink, making some of its bufferlands available for new, balanced uses—a boon for both wildlife and people. The planning process for these lands will incorporate public input.

Up to 1,500 acres could become available for a mix of uses, such as:
  • Habitat and ecological restoration: Tidal mud flats, salt marshes, upland habitats, wetlands, stream corridors, and natural waterways to support native wildlife;
  • Levees and terraced wetlands to protect against sea level rise;
  • Open space and trails, including a connection with the 30,000-acre Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge;
  • Development of solar, wind, or water-based energy sources;
  • Appropriate economic development: Non-residential, research and development, retail, light industrial; and
  • A potential nature museum and park.