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Bringing Native Trees Back into the Bay Area’s Suburban Landscapes.

This historical reconstruction documents habitat types throughout the Delta to better understand the native landscape. Knowing how different parts of the vast historical Delta looked and functioned provides information for future restoration.

Management Tools for Landscape-Scale Restoration of Ecological Functions

Rebuilding Habitat and Shoreline Resilience through a New Generation of Flood Control Channel Design and Management

Six coastal wetland systems in north San Diego County: Buena Vista, Agua Hedionda, Batiquitos, San Elijo, San Dieguito, and Los Peñasquitos lagoons

a richly illustrated tour of the iconic Napa Valley landscape from 200 years ago to the present and future. Now available from University of California Press

This project is the first regional assessment of the relative distribution and abundance of different wetland habitat types along the historical Southern California coastline.

This study will assess watershed conditions prior to significant Euro-American modification, as a basis for understanding subsequent changes in watershed structure and function, and potential options for future environmental management.

The tidal-terrestrial transition zone has been recognized as an important component of the San Francisco Bay, and has been identified as a high priority for restoration in the South Bay and for the Bay as a whole. This project reconstructs the approximate extent of the South Bay T-zone and characterizes it in terms of the adjoining terrestrial and intertidal habitat types and features that were historically prevalent in the region.


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News and Notables

Jan-11-15

Chemistry World, Scientific American, KRCB North Bay Public Radio, and others tackled the story featured on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle. With respect to the family of chemicals called PBDEs, there appears to be some very good news to report.

Feb-27-15

Resilient Silicon Valley is a project of the San Francisco Estuary Institute to build the science-based framework needed to guide the design of and investments in regional ecosystem health.

Feb-24-15

Over the last few months, the IT team has been carefully preparing to switch SFEI's phone and internet services to fiber. When we go live, the service will allow for blazingly fast internet speeds that will provide staff an enhanced work experience and enable large-scale data sharing in ways integral to our role as a regional data center.

Feb-24-15

SFEI is the science lead for the San Francisco Bay Nutrient Science and Management Strategy, which is developing the science needed for informed decisions about managing nutrient loads and maintaining beneficial uses within the Bay. Two recent products highlight key initiatives of this Program.

Jan-23-15

How does responsible stewardship of a cultural landscape balance history and ecology?

Jan-15-15

SFEI is pleased to welcome Dr. Letitia Grenier, who joined the Institute in January to co-lead the Resilient Landscapes Program.

Jan-01-15

Several new CRAM training tools and enhancements are now available on the CRAM website and EcoAtlas.

Dec-31-14

In partnership with the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture (SFBJV), SFEI/ASC developed a new interactive map to display active and completed SFBJV partner projects throughout the region.

Dec-26-14

The SF Chronicle features a story describing how scientists have found evidence of widespread and rapid declines in flame retardant pollution in many San Francisco Bay species, according to a new study released by the San Francisco Estuary Institute.

Dec-19-14

Ariel Rubissow-Okamoto’s article “Stormwater: Beyond the Bag Ban,” based on interviews with SFEI Senior Scientist Lester McKee, BASMAA program representatives Chris Sommers and Matt Fabry, and Tom Mumley of the Water Board, provides a timely overview of stormwater pollution concerns and management directions ahead of the re-issuance of the Municipal Regional Stormwater NPDES permit (MRP).

Dec-11-14

The Riparian Zone Estimator Tool (RipZET) is a GIS-based decision support tool under development for estimating riparian zones at the watershed and/or project scale. The tool provides reach-scale functional riparian width estimates based on average height of mature riparian vegetation, the steepness of hillslopes adjacent to the channel, and the floodplain inundation extent for large storm events. The appropriate width estimate for a reach is then determined based on the riparian functions associated with different channel types, which range from steep headwater channels to low-gradient, meandering channels with broad floodplains.

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