Bay Regional Monitoring Program

The Bay Regional Monitoring Program (RMP) provides water quality regulators and policy-makers with information they need to manage the Bay effectively. The RMP is an innovative collaborative effort between SFEI, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, and the regulated discharger community. The Program was established in 1993, and has an annual budget of $3.5 million. more >

RMP Manager: Phil Trowbridge   Lead Scientist: Jay Davis

Meetings and Events

Featured Projects

News and Notables


RMP Scientist Meg Sedlak is interviewed for a San Francisco Chronicle article about PFOS, the primary ingredient in Scotchgard, which is found in high concentrations in San Francisco Bay seals.


The Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in the San Francisco Bay (RMP) recently published a report that summarizes a series of monitoring and research projects that have investigated the impacts of PBDEs in San Francisco Bay.


An article coauthored by SFEI staff on PCB concentrations used in caulking was recently published in Environment International.


RMP monitoring of mercury in small fish in the Bay has resulted in several journal publications, the latest just appearing in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.


The first ever compilation of research focused on sediment transport in the San Francisco Bay coastal system was published in November as a special issue of the journal Marine Geology


David Senn is quoted in an article about microscopic plant life in the bay.


This RMP publication was distributed as an insert in the October 2013 issue of Estuary News, published by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership. The article summarizes the history of the RMP and describes how the Program has evolved over the past 20 years.


The RMP has released the 2013 edition of The Pulse of the Bay. The theme of this edition is Contaminants of Emerging Concern. The report includes profiles of the CECs of greatest concern, summarizing information on their use, properties, recent findings from monitoring in the Bay and elsewhere, and developments in management.


This year, the RMP Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the San Francisco Estuary Partnership's biennial State of the Estuary Conference. The conference will be held at the Oakland Marriott in downtown Oakland on October 29th and 30th. The theme for the two-day meeting is “20/20 Visions – Past Reflections, Future Directions.”


Above and Below: Stories from Our Changing Bay draws extensively on SFEI expertise in water quality, mapping, indigenous knowledge, and Bay history. SFEI partnered in the development of the show over the past two years, with Senior Scientist Robin Grossinger serving as guest co-curator.