News and Notables

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?

Jan-15-15 | Miscellaneous

SFEI is pleased to welcome Dr. Letitia Grenier, who joined the Institute in January to co-lead the Resilient Landscapes Program.

Jan-11-15 | Media | Featured

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.

Jan-01-15 | Technology

Several new CRAM training tools and enhancements are now available on the CRAM website and EcoAtlas.

Dec-31-14 | Coordination and Collaboration

In partnership with the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture (SFBJV), SFEI/ASC developed a new interactive map to display active and completed SFBJV partner projects throughout the region.

Dec-26-14 | Media

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 | Publications and Reports

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 | Technology | Featured

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.

Dec-11-14 | Technology

The Riparian Zone Estimator Tool (RipZET) is a GIS-based decision support tool under development for estimating riparian zones at the watershed and/or project scale. The tool provides reach-scale functional riparian width estimates based on average height of mature riparian vegetation, the steepness of hillslopes adjacent to the channel, and the floodplain inundation extent for large storm events. The appropriate width estimate for a reach is then determined based on the riparian functions associated with different channel types, which range from steep headwater channels to low-gradient, meandering channels with broad floodplains.

Dec-06-14 | Technology

With the recent upload of the Klamath Tribes water quality data (1990-2013) by Randy Turner and the Data Services Team, SFEI's Regional Data Center database now contains over 2 million results!

Dec-05-14 | Technology

The recent EcoAtlas release delivers new functionality and enhancements to the Landscape Profiler, a tool that summarizes ecological information at various spatial scales for assessment, planning, and reporting. Users can upload a KML file, edit the boundary, and save a polygon for their area of interest. Additional datasets are summarized in the Landscape Profile Report, including the revised 2011 National Land Cover Dataset, eelgrass survey data along the coast from Humboldt Bay to San Diego Bay, and percentages of languages spoken from the US Census data. A date slider helps to visualize the extent of eelgrass surveys over time.

Dec-04-14 | Media | Featured

Senior scientist Lester McKee of the SF Bay Estuary Institute discusses storm water with KTVU 2 News. "Build up and wash off. Especially an intense rain like we've just had, we can see a lot more of that contamination running into the Bay, " says McKee.