Featured Projects

Alameda Creek Historical Ecology Study

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.

Alameda Creek Watershed Sediment Forum

Alameda Creek is the largest watershed in the Bay area draining approximately 650 square miles of the East Bay interior hills and valleys, including the Livermore-Amador and Sunol valleys.

Bay Area Aquatic Resource Inventory (BAARI)

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

California Aquatic Resource Inventory

The California Aquatic Resource Inventory, or CARI, is a standardized statewide map of wetlands, streams, and riparian areas. This Geographic Information System (GIS) dataset provides accurate and detailed information about wetland and riparian distribution and abundance for management, planning, and research of the State’s aquatic resources

California Wetland and Riparian Area Protection Policy Technical Support

Through the ASC, SFEI is working with a team of technical advisor to provide the breadth and depth of scientific understanding about wetlands and riparian areas needed to assure the scientific credibility of the new state policy to protect California's Wetlands.

California Wetlands Portal

Comprehensive information on California wetlands

Central Valley Watershed Monitoring Directory

An online resource that promotes and facilitates coordination of water monitoring across the Central Valley basin.

Delta Landscapes Project

Management Tools for Landscape-Scale Restoration of Ecological Functions

Flood Control 2.0

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

Historical Tidal-Terrestrial Transition Zone in South SF Bay

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.

Historical Wetlands of the Southern California Coast: An Atlas of US Coast Survey T-Sheets 1851-1889

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

Napa Valley Historical Ecology Atlas

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

North San Diego County Lagoons Historical Ecology Study

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


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

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Historical Ecology Study

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.

South Baylands Mercury Project (SBMP)

2008 was the third and last year of a project to characterize and monitor bio-available mercury and its uptake into local food webs of the South Bay managed ponds and intertidal habitats, focusing initially on Pond A8 and Alviso Slough.

Tijuana River Valley Historical Ecology Study

The study area encompasses the estuarine and alluvial portions of the Tijuana River watershed from the river mouth in southern San Diego County to the U.S.-Mexico international border. Limited research will also be conducted on an approximately 10 mile stretch of the river extending through Tijuana, Mexico.

Urban Stormwater BMPs - (Prop 13)

Nonpoint source pollution has been identified nationally, in the State of California, and in the Bay Area as the leading source of degradation of natural waters.

Wetlands Regional Monitoring Project

This Prop 50 - funded project was a three-year effort to monitor and track changes in Bay Area wetland condition using the EPA's three-level monitoring framework.