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Donald Yee, PhD

Senior Environmental Scientist
Clean Water Program
Bay Regional Monitoring Program
510-746-7369

Dr. Yee received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from M.I.T. His dissertation research focused on competitive interactions of trace metals on phytoplankton. Prior to joining SFEI in 1999, he has had experience in post-doctoral research on geochemistry and consulting in the private sector on environmental regulatory policy. Since joining SFEI, Dr. Yee has worked on various projects for the Clean Water Program. Projects for the Regional Monitoring Program included studies of atmospheric deposition of trace metals and organic contaminants to the estuary, and a survey in SF Estuary waters of VOCs, dioxins, and other priority pollutants not regularly monitored by RMP, and cores in the Bay and adjoining wetlands to examine pollutant histories and processes. His other work for SFEI has included investigations of loads of PCBs from point source dischargers, monitoring in the Grasslands Bypass Project with the US Bureau of Reclamation, and the Aquatic Pesticide Monitoring Program. Dr. Yee is also currently the SFEI QA Officer.

Related Projects, News, and Events

Regional Data Center (Project)

SFEI is one of the state's Regional Data Centers that exchanges water quality data to the California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN). SFEI provides data management and visualization services to the San Francisco Bay-Delta and northern montane regions.

Contaminant Data Download and Display (CD3) (Project)

Contaminant Data Display and Download Tool or CD3  is an innovative visualization tool for accessing water quality data for the San Francisco Bay-Delta and northern montane regions. It is the primary tool for accessing and downloading the San Francisco Bay Regional Monitoring Program’s (RMP) long-term dataset and other project data stored in SFEI's Regional Data Center (RDC).

RMP Annual Meeting 2016 (Event)

The RMP Annual Meeting is held every year in the early fall. The meeting is an opportunity for RMP stakeholders to discuss current RMP projects and highlight interesting new research. 

Graphic by Lester McKee, Ph.D.

New Manuscript on Pollutants in the Guadalupe River Addresses Key Questions (News)

Guadalupe River is contaminated with mercury mining wastes from runoff associated with the historic New Almaden Mining District in the upper watershed that produced 40 million kilograms during its working life (1850-1975) and with PCB and other urban pollutants from a long history of urbanization and industrial land uses.

SFEI has been monitoring pollutant concentrations in the Guadalupe River during winter storms since October 2002. The result is one of the world’s most extensive data sets on mercury, PCBs, and other pollutant concentrations and loads in an urban river.  In a recent manuscript, SFEI staff used the dataset to answer three major questions.

DEDUCE: Delta Environmental Data for the Understanding of a California Estuary (Project)

The purpose of this project is to expand the existing San Francisco Bay Regional Data Center (RDC) to include the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh (Delta). The anticipated outcome of this project is an estuary-wide data repository where one currently does not exist. 

Find more data in CD3! (News)

The Contaminant Data Display and Download Tool is a public tool for accessing and visualizing contaminant data. All data are comparable to CEDEN, the California Environmental Data Exchange Network.

We are happy to announce the release of some new enhancements to CD3 including:  

RMP Keys to Success Highlighted in Two Manuscripts (News)

RMP Keys to Success Highlighted in Two Manuscripts

RMP Update (Project)

The Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay is an innovative collaboration of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, the regulated discharger community, and the San Francisco Estuary Institute. It provides water quality regulators with information they need to manage the Bay effectively. The Program issues a report each year, the Pulse of the Bay in odd years and the RMP Update in even years.

Contaminants of Emerging Concern Strategy (Project)

Over the last decade, researchers and government agencies have begun to collect occurrence, fate, and toxicity data for a number of chemicals. Some of these chemicals have been classified as contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), often due to due to their high volume use, potential for toxicity in non-target species, and the increasing number of studies that report their occurrence in the environment.

Montezuma Technical Review Team (Project)

The Montezuma wetland restoration project is returning ~2,000 acres of diked baylands to tidal, seasonal, and managed wetlands in an eastern portion of Suisun Bay near the town of Collinsville, California in Solano County.