Apr 7, 2020

The Wetland Regional Monitoring Program (WRMP) Plan has been released! The WRMP will improve wetland restoration project success by putting in place regional-scale monitoring increasing the impact, utility and application of permit-driven monitoring to inform science-based decision-making. The Plan is the result of two years of work from a committed group of regulators, scientists and restoration practitioners. But it actually represents the culmination of a 20-year collaborative process, whereby scientists and agency staffers worked tirelessly to promote the value of a regional program that can address persistent, unaddressed knowledge gaps and inefficiencies for the San Francisco Estuary and its many stakeholders.

Tidal wetlands in the San Francisco Estuary face an uncertain future due to climate change, continued development pressure, and other regional stressors. The Wetland Regional Monitoring Program (WRMP) will leverage monitoring data to respond and adapt to these challenges and help support a more resilient Estuary. Through a collaborative, consensus-based process, the WRMP is seeking to understand how the region’s tidal wetlands are changing over time and how to improve success of wetlands restoration efforts. 

The San Francisco Estuary Partnership facilitated a deliberative process that our Institute helped to usher to completion. SFEI Chief Scientist Josh Collins guided the science in close consultation with numerous workgroups and in partnership with Christina Toms of the Regional Waterboard. By the final measure, there were many contributors to the plan with all of those listed in below serving as meaningful partners in reviewing details captured in the final document. Now, the WRMP Plan is available for your perusal.



Wetlands Regional Monitoring Program
Other Contributors: 
San Francisco Estuary Partnership
SF Bay Restoration Authority
SF Bay Regional Waterboard
Point Blue
USEPA Region 9
San Francisco Bay Joint Venture
Save the Bay
Ducks Unlimited
Programs and Focus Areas: 
Environmental Informatics Program
Information Technology Systems
Resilient Landscapes Program
Wetland Monitoring & Assessment