News and Notables

Jul-10-14 | Publications and Reports

Within the tributaries that drain to San Francisco Bay, there exists a transition between fluvial and tidal processes and conditions. The upstream boundary of this transition, called the head of tide (HoT) zone, can be defined as the inland limit of the effects of average high tides on tributary flows and water surface elevation. This zone is characterized by unique and diverse assemblages of plants and animals, cultural resources, as well as a vulnerability to out-of-channel flooding during high river flow and high tide conditions. As many Bay Area municipalities are built near the HoT zone, there is a growing concern about managing the flooding risk as well as the aquatic resources in the HoT zone...

Jul-10-14 | Publications and Reports

New study points the way to habitat restoration and steelhead recovery on Alameda Creek, the Bay Area’s largest local watershed.

Jul-10-14 | Miscellaneous

In collaboration with BASMAA, RMP, the Regional Water Board and stormwater agencies, SFEI leads a multi-year stormwater monitoring project within the San Francisco Bay area. While this sampling effort fulfills monitoring requirements under the Municipal Regional Permit (MRP), it also contributes to the region’s long-term stormwater dataset.

Jul-10-14 | Technology

EcoAtlas, SFEI's flagship product launched last summer, was just awarded three Wetland Program Development grants by the USEPA for further enhancement and support.

Jul-10-14 | Technology

"Environmental Informatics" is the new and inclusive name for the SFEI technology program that produces, manages, and analyzes information for the benefit of California's aquatic resources.

Jul-09-14 | Publications and Reports

A recent RMP technical report summarizes RMP investigations of the flame retardants polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in the Bay. Studies of PBDEs in people and wildlife in the Bay Area in the late 1990s and early 2000s indicated that the region was a global PBDE contamination “hot spot.” State and federal governments responded to the rising concerns over PBDEs by enacting bans and encouraging voluntary phase-outs. Likely in response to the phase-outs and bans, RMP monitoring indicates a decline in contaminant levels for Bay organisms that are routinely monitored. This decline is expected to continue, and should diminish any potential impacts of PBDEs on Bay biota.

Jul-07-14 | Archive

The Resilient Landscapes (RL) team delivered a number of presentations during the last quarter highlighting recent accomplishments and initiatives.

At the Salmonid Restoration Federation conference in March, Senior Scientist Robin Grossinger presented on the use of spatial tools for determining salmonid habitat condition, while Geomorphologist Scott Dusterhoff co-convened a session on southern and central California steelhead habitat rehabilitation.

In May, Scott Dusterhoff delivered a presentation at the Society for Ecological Restoration (SERCAL) conference on Flood Control 2.0, an initiative to restore San Francisco bayland habitat using innovative approaches to flood control channel design and management...

Jun-15-14 | Archive | Featured

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.

Jun-09-14 | Media

Bayfront water levels are forecast to rise 1 foot by 2050

Jun-05-14 | Archive

Cristina Grosso presented EcoAtlas to an audience of policy-makers, scientists, technologists, agency staffers, and private industry consultants on June 5th and 6th.

May-16-14 | Events and Appearances

California's $1.9 trillion economy is at risk. Leading water experts and policy makers will discuss their plans to secure California's water future at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

Mar-22-14 | Events and Appearances

SFEI scientists are participating in two sessions at the 2014 Salmonid Restoration Federation conference

Mar-08-14 | Media

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.

Mar-06-14 | Publications and Reports

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.

Mar-04-14 | Events and Appearances

The award honors those who have significantly increased the public's understanding of, and concern for, the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.