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

Jan-11-15

Chemistry World, Scientific American, KRCB North Bay Public Radio, and others tackled the story featured on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle. With respect to the family of chemicals called PBDEs, there appears to be some very good news to report.

Dec-26-14

The SF Chronicle features a story describing how scientists have found evidence of widespread and rapid declines in flame retardant pollution in many San Francisco Bay species, according to a new study released by the San Francisco Estuary Institute.

Dec-19-14

Ariel Rubissow-Okamoto’s article “Stormwater: Beyond the Bag Ban,” based on interviews with SFEI Senior Scientist Lester McKee, BASMAA program representatives Chris Sommers and Matt Fabry, and Tom Mumley of the Water Board, provides a timely overview of stormwater pollution concerns and management directions ahead of the re-issuance of the Municipal Regional Stormwater NPDES permit (MRP).

Dec-12-14

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-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.

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.

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.

Sep-22-14

The RMP has produced a synthesis report on PCBs that summarizes recent advances in understanding and makes recommendations for future studies. The September 2014 issue of Estuary News featured an article based on the report.

Jul-09-14

A recent RMP technical report summarizes a series of RMP monitoring and research projects that have investigated the impacts of the flame retardants polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in San Francisco Bay.

Jun-15-14

Phil Trowbridge, formerly of the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, joins SFEI to serve as the San Francisco Bay RMP Manager. SFEI feels very fortunate to attract such a high-caliber professional engineer with an admirable list of accomplishments.