Erin Malone

The Alviso Project

The town of Alviso is located at the bottom of San Francisco Bay. At one point, it was a thriving fishing town, with a cannery, docks, and industry. As the land and the bay was sold to the Cargill Salt company, the ecosystem was destroyed and the town was emptied, leaving only the poorest.

Although, over the last several years, the marsh has gone through a restoration. The salt ponds are slowly being reclaimed, and the town is growing again, due to the expansion of Silicon Valley. 

I have been documenting the evolution—first, to show that despite the destruction, there are areas of great beauty to be found in the marsh and in small spaces; and second, to rejoice in the restoration of habitat and ecosystems. 

Alviso Baylands

Alviso Baylands