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Fostering Wildlife
Burrowing OwlWildlife habitat in urban areas is challenged by growth, development, and other factors. The Facility plays an active role in restoring habitat for healthy ecosystems, both for fish and animals that live on and around the Facility’s 2,600-acre site.

Decades ago, methods for treating wastewater were limited. Today, with the Facility’s advanced technology, finished wastewater released into South Bay sloughs is so clean fish spawn in it. Even rarely glimpsed species such as sturgeon are now seen in nearby waterways. Steelhead and longfin smelt, both threatened species, are also making a gradual comeback.

Former salt ponds on Facility lands are being restored to new habitat, and migratory bird populations are increasing, including the western burrowing owl, a state species of special concern, and other species.