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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

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.

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.

BAARI is a base map of the Bay Area's aquatic features: wetlands, open water, streams, ditches, tidal marshes and flats, and riparian areas.


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Oct-14-14

The RMP Update summarizes findings from 12 recent months of research by top scientists on the health and water quality trends in the San Francisco Bay Estuary. The report highlights the “RMP Top Ten”: a list of recent activities and accomplishments.

Nov-19-14

"SFEI could make art objects out of its reports and sell them"

Nov-18-14

On October 14, about 150 Bay Area dischargers, water quality managers, stakeholders, and scientists gathered at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. They discussed findings from recent research by top scientists on the health and water quality trends in San Francisco Bay. The annual gathering was part of the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay (RMP).

Nov-17-14

The RMP Update provides a concise overview of recent RMP activities and findings, and a look ahead to significant products anticipated in the next two years. In a new "ebook" format, accessible on any browser, the RMP Update now offers new ways to interact with report content.

Nov-05-14

An interactive map showing riverine-tidal interface types around San Francisco Bay has been launched!

Nov-01-14

CD3 or Contaminant Data Display and Download is a web-based visualization tool for accessing water quality data for the San Francisco Bay-Delta region, including the RMP’s long-term dataset. The tool has been redesigned to leverage SFEI’s other interactive mapping efforts and debuts impressive new functionality, including enhanced spatial querying and generating dynamic statistical summaries and charts.

Nov-01-14

In collaboration with our partners at SCCWRP and the CSUN Center for Geographic Studies, SFEI completed the southern California Wetlands Change project. This project built upon previous mapping efforts, and provides comprehensive wetland and stream mapping of the entire southern California Coast, extending from Point Conception to the U.S. - Mexico border. The research also compares historical and contemporary wetland extent and composition.

Oct-28-14

This report provides the first analysis of landscape ecology metrics in the pre-disturbance and contemporary Delta to help define, design, and evaluate functional, resilient landscapes for the future.

Oct-20-14

Press for the North San Diego County Lagoons Historical Ecology Study "...richly diverse estuaries that made themselves anew as competing forces of saltwater and freshwater claimed their space."

Oct-14-14

The Annual Meeting of the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay (RMP) was held on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. The theme was an update on four principal program areas: status and trends monitoring, small tributary loads, nutrients, and chemicals of emerging concern.

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