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Cohen, A. N.; Minchin, D.; Gollasch, S.; Olenin, S. 2006. Characterizing vectors of marine invasions. In Marine Bioinvasions: Ecology, Conservation and Management Perspectives. Rilov, G., Crooks, J., Eds.. Marine Bioinvasions: Ecology, Conservation and Management Perspectives. Springer: Heidelberg, Germany.
Trowbridge, P.; Davis, J. A.; Wilson, R. 2015. Charter: Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay. SFEI Contribution No. 750. San Francisco Estuary Institute: Richmond, Calif.

The overarching goal of the RMP is to collect data and communicate information about water quality in San Francisco Bay in support of management decisions. The RMP was created in 1993 through Regional Board Resolution No. 92-043 that directed the Executive Officer to implement a Regional Monitoring Plan in collaboration with permitted dischargers pursuant to California Water Code, Sections 13267, 13383, 13268, and 13385. The goal was to replace individual receiving water monitoring requirements for dischargers with a comprehensive Regional Monitoring Program.

The Program is guided by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Regional Board and SFEI, first approved in 1996 and amended at various times since (see Appendix C of this Charter). Section VIII of the MOU states the roles and responsibilities of the Regional Board and SFEI in the implementation of the Program. Participating dischargers pay fees to the Program to comply with discharge permit requirements. The cost allocation schedule for Participants is described in Appendix B. The RMP provides an open forum for a wide range of Participant Groups and other Interested Parties to discuss contaminant issues, prioritize science needs, and monitor potential impacts of discharges on the Bay.

In support of the overarching goal described above, the following guiding principles define the intentions and expectations of RMP Participants. Implementation of the RMP will:

  • Develop sound scientific information on water quality in the Bay;
  • Prioritize funding decisions through collaborative discussions;
  • Conduct decision-making in a transparent manner that consistently represents the diversity of RMP Participant interests;
  • Utilize external science advisors for guidance and peer review;
  • Maintain and make publicly available the data collected by the Program;
  • Enhance public awareness and support by regularly communicating the status and trends of water quality in the Bay; and
  • Coordinate with other monitoring and scientific studies in the Bay-Delta region to ensure efficiency.
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Trowbridge, P. 2017. Charter: Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay. SFEI Contribution No. 844. San Francisco Estuary Institute : Richmond, CA.
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Jabusch, T. W.; Tjeerdema, R. S. 2007. Chemistry and Fate of Triazolopyrimidine Sulfonamide Herbicides. Reviews of Environmental Contamination & Toxicology.
Cohen, A. N. 1991. China Camp: A salt marsh guide. Pacific Discovery (Calif. Acad. Sci.) 44, 24-29.
Cohen, A. N. 1995. Chinese mitten crabs in North America. Aquatic Nuisance Species Digest 1, 20-21.
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Davis, J. A. 2000. Chlorinated Hydrocarbons in the San Francisco Estuary and its Watershed. In Draft Chapter in Spies, R.B. (ed.). Contaminants and Toxicity in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Its Cathchment, and the San Francisco Estuary - A CALFED White Paper. Applied Marine Sciences, Livermore, CA.. Draft Chapter in Spies, R.B. (ed.). Contaminants and Toxicity in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Its Cathchment, and the San Francisco Estuary - A CALFED White Paper. Applied Marine Sciences, Livermore, CA.
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Lowe, S.; Ross, J. R. M.; Thompson, B. 2003. CISNet San Pablo Bay Network of Environmental Stress Indicators; Benthic Microfauna. SFEI Contribution No. 299. San Francisco Estuary Institute: Oakland, CA.
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Oros, D. R.; Taberski, K. 2000. Closing in on unidentified contaminants. pp p. 18-19 . SFEI Contribution No. 274.
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McKee, L. J. .; Lewicki, M.; Schoellhamer, D. H.; Ganju, N. K. 2013. Comparison of sediment supply to San Francisco Bay from watersheds draining the Bay Area and the Central Valley of California. Marine Geology Special Issue: A multi-discipline approach for understanding sediment transport and geomorphic evolution in an estuarine-coastal system.
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Gilbreath, A. N.; McKee, L. J. . 2015. Concentrations and loads of PCBs, dioxins, PAHs, PBDEs, OC pesticides and pyrethroids during storm and low flow conditions in a small urban semi-arid watershed. Science of the Total Environment 526, 251-261 . SFEI Contribution No. 650.

Urban runoff has been identified in water quality policy documents for San Francisco Bay as a large and potentially controllable source of pollutants. In response, concentrations of suspended sediments and a range of trace organic pollutants were intensively measured in dry weather and storm flow runoff from a 100% urban watershed. Flow in this highly urban watershed responded very quickly to rainfall and varied widely resulting in rapid changes of turbidity, suspended sediments and pollutant concentrations. Concentrations of each organic pollutant class were within similar ranges reported in other studies of urban runoff, however comparison was limited for several of the pollutants given information scarcity. Consistently among PCBs, PBDEs, and PAHs, the more hydrophobic congeners were transported in larger proportions during storm flows relative to low flows. Loads for Water Years 2007-2010 were estimated using regression with turbidity during the monitored months and a flow weighted mean concentration for unmonitored dry season months. More than 91% of the loads for every pollutant measured were transported during storm events, along with 87% of the total discharge. While this dataset fills an important local data gap for highly urban watersheds of San Francisco Bay, the methods, the uniqueness of the analyte list, and the resulting interpretations have applicability for managing pollutant loads in urban watersheds in other parts of the world.

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Davis, J. A.; Lowe, S.; Anderson, B.; Hunt, J.; Thompson, B. 2004. Conceptual Framework and Rationale for the Exposure and Effects Pilot Study. SFEI Contribution No. 317. San Francisco Estuary Institute: Oakland.
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Collins, J. N.; Brewster, E.; Grossinger, R. M. 1999. Conceptual models of freshwater influences on tidal marsh form and function, with an historical perspective. SFEI Contribution No. 327. Department of Environmental Services: City of San Jose, CA. p 237 pp.
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Greenfield, B. K.; Davis, J. A.; Fairey, R.; Ichikawa, G.; Roberts, C.; Crane, D. B.; Petreas, M. 2003. Contaminant Concentrations in Fish from San Francisco Bay, 2000. San Francisco Estuary Institute, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Water Pollution Control Laboratories, California Department of Fish and Game, Hazardous Materials Laboratory, Cal/EPA: Oakland, CA.
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McKee, L. J. .; Hoenicke, R.; Leatherbarrow, J. E. 2001. Contaminant contributions from the Guadalupe River and Coyote Creek watersheds to the lower South San Francisco Bay. Abstracts of the 5th Biannual State of the Estuary Conference – San Francisco Estuary: Achievements, trends and the future.
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Davis, J. A.; McKinney, M.; Mok, M.; Stoelting, M.; Wainwright, S. E.; May, M. D.; Petreas, M.; Roberts, C.; Taberski, K.; Tjeerdema, R. S.; et al. 1999. Contaminants Concentrations in Fish from San Francisco Bay, 1997. SFEI Contribution No. 35. San Francisco Estuary Institute, Richmond, CA, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Moss Landing, CA, Hazardous Materials Laboratory, Cal/EPA, Berkeley, CA, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, San Francisco Bay Regional Wa: Richmond, CA.
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Sutton, R.; Sedlak, M. 2015. Contaminants of Emerging Concern in San Francisco Bay: A Strategy for Future Investigations. 2015 Update. Contaminants of Emerging Concern in San Francisco Bay: A Strategy for Future Investigations. SFEI Contribution No. 761. San Francisco Estuary Institute: Richmond, CA.

About this Update

The Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay (RMP) has been investigating contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) since 2001. CECs can be broadly defined as synthetic or naturally occurring chemicals that are not regulated or commonly monitored in the environment but have the potential to enter the environment and cause adverse ecological or human health impacts.

The RMP Emerging Contaminants Workgroup (ECWG), established in 2006, includes representatives from RMP stakeholder groups, regional scientists, and an advisory panel of expert researchers that work together to address the workgroup’s guiding management question – Which CECs have the potential to adversely impact beneficial uses in San Francisco Bay? The overarching goal of the ECWG is to develop cost-effective strategies to identify and monitor CECs to minimize impacts to the Bay.

To this end, the RMP published a CEC Strategy document in 2013 (Sutton et al. 2013). The strategy is a living document that guides RMP special studies on CECs, assuring continued focus on the issues of highest priority to the health of the Bay. A key focus of the strategy is a tiered risk and management action framework that guides future monitoring proposals. The strategy also features a multi-year plan indicating potential future research priorities.

This 2015 CEC strategy update features revised designations of CECs in the tiered risk and management action framework based on monitoring and research conducted since 2013. Brief summaries of relevant RMP findings are provided. In addition, a proposed multi-year plan for future RMP Special Studies on CECs is outlined. A full revision of the CEC strategy is anticipated in 2016. 

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Collins, J. N.; May, M. 1998. Contamination of Tidal Wetlands. SFEI Contribution No. 228. Richmond CA.
Salomon, M.; San Francisco Estuary Institute; Costa, Cof Contra. 2011. Contra Costa County 1939 Aerial Photomosaic, GIS layer containing orthorectified historical aerial imagery of Contra Costa County from 1939.
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