The Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in the San Francisco Estuary is an innovative collaborative effort between the San Francisco Estuary Insitute, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, and the regulated discharger community. It provides water quality regulators with information they need to manage the Estuary effectively. Every fall the Program issues an annual report that presents the latest results from water quality monitoring and addresses a theme related to a timely topic. The theme for 2010 is "Water Quality Monitoring: Linking the Watersheds and the Bay." This edition includes articles on the Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit adopted by the Water Board in October 2009, a SFEI study on stormwater best management practices, RMP monitoring of loads from small tributaries, Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program monitoring of creek health, and, as always, the latest water quality information for the Bay from the RMP and other programs.
This is a view of the Guadalupe River, looking south, from the overpass bridge on Santa Clara Street on Monday, Oct. 4, 2010
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"That's been a major shift in our understanding in the last 10 years," said Jay Davis, a senior scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute and the editor of the annual report called "The Pulse of the Estuary 2010." "Ten years ago, we didn't have good hard data."
Newspaper articles in the Contra Costa Times (above) and the San Francisco Chronicle (below) broke the story about this year's Pulse:
SF Chronicle, by Kelly Zito, Cities key source of toxics in bay, study finds
A live KCBS interview with Tom Mumley:
A live KGO interview with Tom Mumley. The interview can be found at the 4:16:30 mark of the 4:00-5:00 PM podcast:
Related Projects, News, and Events:
Download this year’s Pulse of the Bay! The newly released report from the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay summarizes the present state of Bay water quality and looks into the crystal ball at what the condition of Bay water might be 50 years from now.
The Pulse is a companion to the State of the Estuary Report and examines whether Estuary waters are clean enough to be safe for fishing, for swimming, and to provide healthy habitat for aquatic life.