News and Notables

May-21-15 | Publications and Reports

San Francisco Bay wildlife were tested for previously unmonitored contaminants using a non-targeted analysis that screens mainly for long-lived, fat-soluble, chlorine and bromine-rich chemicals. Bay mussel and harbor seal samples contained five contaminants not previously identified in Bay wildlife, and for which toxicity is largely unknown. Most of the Bay chemical contamination was from high priority contaminants that the RMP already monitors, or closely related compounds. Future non-targeted analysis could include techniques that examine water-soluble compounds.

May-17-15 | Media | Featured

New RMP data on microplastic pollution in San Francisco Bay are featured in the San Jose Mercury News. Findings to date suggest Bay water has similar levels of contamination as the Great Lakes.

May-15-15 | Publications and Reports

conducted as part of the larger Flood Control 2.0 project, aimed at illustrating the change in creek and bayland habitat conditions over the past 120 years

May-06-15 | Events and Appearances

Letitia Grenier, Robin Grossinger and Jeremy Lowe will be presenting at "New Approaches for Responding to Climate Change in the San Francisco Bay-Delta "

May-05-15 | Events and Appearances

An upcoming webinar will be hosted by the State's The Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) to educate managers and scientists about the use of remote sensing tools developed by NOAA for detecting cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom (cyanoHAB) in freshwater systems.


Agenda - Tuesday, May 5 Webinar NOAA remote sensing tools and application for evaluating CyanoHABs in California lakes – General Introductory Session (9:40 - 12:10) · Welcome and Introduction: Background, goals of meeting · Richard Stumpf, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Background on cyanobacterial blooms · Richard Stumpf, NOAA (NCCOS) Available remote sensing tools for cyanoHAB monitoring and their uses · Karen Taberski, San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board Cyanotoxins in California and the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program's (SWAMP's) CyanoHABs Program · 

Apr-16-15 | Publications and Reports

This journal article focuses on the ongoing efforts to describe contaminant loads from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River watershed into San Francisco Bay.

Apr-07-15 | Media

The April 2015 issue of Bay Nature features an article about Flood Control 2.0, an ambitious project being co-led by SFEI to develop a framework for designing resilient, multi-benefit flood control channels at the interface with the San Francisco Bay shoreline. SFEI senior scientist Robin Grossinger and lead geomorphologist Scott Dusterhoff provide information about how these creek channels have been modified over the past century, the opportunity that now exists to redesign these channels to meet current and future flood control and habitat needs, and the tools that are being developed within the project to assist the management and restoration communities with resilient multi-benefit designs. We invite you to read the article in Bay Nature.

Apr-05-15 | Publications and Reports | Featured

A new SFEI study shows that rain gardens and a bioswale constructed at the Daly City main library provide flood control and remove significant levels of a number of critical water contaminants. This type of "low impact development" (LID) project, when designed and functioning correctly, can provide cleaner water and reduce flooding in urban areas of San Francisco Bay.

Mar-31-15 | Media

The overarching goal of the RMP is to collect data and communicate information about water quality in San Francisco Bay in support of management decisions. Dredging activities are affected by management decisions about disposal of contaminated sediments, dredged sediment volumes, and the impacts of dredging on aquatic life. The RMP teamed with the Bay Planning Coalition on a fact sheet describing how the RMP has studied these issues to ensure that management decisions are based on sound science.

Mar-17-15 | Media

An explanatory series focusing on one of the most complex issues facing California: water sharing. And at its core is the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta. Stay with for all the project's stories.

Mar-16-15 | Events and Appearances

Robin Grossinger and Letitia Grenier present at the Delta Challenges Workshop:

Feb-27-15 | Publications and Reports

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 | Technology

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 | Coordination and Collaboration

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 | Events and Appearances

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