Projects Related to the Bay Regional Monitoring Program

The Pulse of the Bay

https://www.sfei.org/documents/2019-pulse-bay-pollutant-pathwaysDownload the Pulse of the Bay! This report from the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay features articles on the four major pathways by which pollutants enter the Bay: municipal wastewater, industrial wastewater, stormwater, and dredging and dredged sediment disposal.  Each article provides a basic introduction to the pathway and discusses the regulatory framework, recent findings, and future challenges.  The report also includes some of the latest highlights from monitoring of important parameters such as nutrients, emerging contaminants, mercury, PCBs, and selenium.    

Sediment Solutions

Sediment Solutions is a timely and innovative project that builds on SFEI’s past work, operationalizing cutting-edge science to inform management approaches that take advantage of natural processes to provide more creek sediment to baylands, increase climate resilience, and enhance creek health. With study areas in North Bay, East Bay, and South Bay, the project will provide new guidance for management strategies that support flood risk management and ecosystem health benefits throughout the region.

Statewide Plastics Monitoring Plan & Strategy

Plastics, in their various chemical composition and sizes, pose serious challenges to the vitality of California's ecosystems. Once escaped into the environment, plastic contamination persists for very long periods and breaks down into ever smaller pieces, becoming more readily available to wildlife and populations who live, work, and play in those same habitats.

RMP Update

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 the information they need to manage the Bay effectively. The RMP produces two types of summary reports: The Pulse of the Bay and the RMP Update. The Pulse focuses on Bay water quality and summarizes information from all sources.

California Pesticides: A Data Visualization Tool to Link Pesticide Use and Management to Water Quality

Despite California's data-rich environment, there are still many obstacles when trying to access and understand pesticide data at the nexus of water quality, ecological effects, and human health. We recognize a need to fill data gaps, not necessarily by collecting new data, but by better leveraging information already technically in the public domain. The goal of this project is to bring pesticide reporting, occurrence, and toxicity data together in ways that yield insights and meet the expressed needs of stakeholders in clear, efficient, credible, and repeatable ways.

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

A recent analysis of PFAS in the surface waters of SF Bay was conducted to understand the occurrence, fate, and potential risks to ecological and human health. Eleven of 40 PFAS were detected at part per trillions (ppt) concentrations in ambient water collected in 2021 from 22 sites in the Bay. Seven PFAS (PFPeA, PFHxA, PFHpA, PFOA, PFBS, PFHxS, and PFOS), were found in at least 50% of samples. Concentrations of PFAS in the Bay were generally consistent with similar studies globally for surface water. Sustained, multi-matrix monitoring of this important class of contaminants of emerging concern is a high priority for the RMP.

Microplastic Pollution in San Francisco Bay

Plastic pollution is gaining global recognition as a threat to the resilience and productivity of ocean ecosystems. However, we are only just beginning to understand the scope and impacts of microplastic particles (less than 5 mm) on coastal and ocean resources, and the San Francisco Bay Area is no exception. A preliminary study of nine water sites in San Francisco Bay, published in 2016, showed greater levels of microplastics than the Great Lakes or Chesapeake Bay.

RMP Annual Meeting

The 28th RMP Annual Meeting was hosted on Thursday, October 14th, 2021. Fully virtual for the second year, the meeting included an excellent lineup with presentations from RMP staff and other invited experts.  We heard about and discussed findings on Bay sediment supply, PFAS, tire particles and chemicals, and contaminants in Bay fish, among other topics. If you missed the meeting or any specific sessions, recordings of the meeting and presenter slides will be posted below shortly

Contaminant Data Download and Display (CD3)

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).

Contaminants of Emerging Concern Strategy

More than 100,000 chemicals have been registered or approved for commercial use in the US. For many of these chemicals, major information gaps limit evaluations of their potential risks, and environmental monitoring of these chemicals has not been required by regulatory agencies. Nevertheless, researchers and government agencies have begun to collect occurrence, fate, and toxicity data for a number of these chemicals.

Publications related to the Bay Regional Monitoring Program

The Institute has collectively produced more than 1300 reports, articles, and other publications over the course of its 24-year existence. The following list represents those publications associated with this individual program and its focus areas.

Year of Publication: 2024

Trinh M. 2021 Update to Copper Rolling Average. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2024 . Report No.: 1164.  (556.45 KB)
Trinh M. 2021 Update to Cyanide Rolling Averages. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2024 .  (552.88 KB)
Yee D, Wong A, Weaver M. 2024 Quality Assurance Program Plan for The Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2024 . Report No.: 1169.  (4.07 MB)
Paterson K, Miller E, Lin D. Microplastics Monitoring and Science Strategy for San Francisco Bay 2024 Revision. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2024 . Report No.: 1144.  (818 KB)
Avellaneda PM, Zi T. Modeling Stormwater Loads of Contaminants of Emerging Concern: Literature Review and Recommendations. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2024 . Report No.: 1131.  (468.55 KB)
Kleckner A, Davis J. Multi Year Plan 2024. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2024 . Report No.: 1167.  (3.3 MB)
Foley MM, Davis JA, Buzby N. Selenium Concentrations in Water and Clams in North San Francisco Bay, 2019-2020. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2024 . Report No.: 1116.  (970.15 KB)

Year of Publication: 2023

Mendez M, Kleckner A, Sutton R, Yee D, Wong A, Davis J, et al.. 2023 Bay Prey Fish and Near-field / Margins Sediment Sampling and Analysis Plan. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2023 . Report No.: 1141.  (406.78 KB)
Kleckner A, Sutton R, Yee D, Wong A, Davis J, Salop P. 2023 RMP Dry Season Water Cruise Plan. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2023 . Report No.: 1139.  (3.21 MB)
Kleckner A, Sutton R, Yee D, Wong A, Davis J, Salop P. 2023 RMP Sediment Cruise Sampling and Analysis Plan. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2023 . Report No.: 1138.  (445.99 KB)
Davis J. 2023 RMP Update. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2023 . Report No.: 1148.  (37.75 MB)
2023 Status and Trends Monitoring - Sampling Plans and QA Reports. 2023 .  (3.21 MB) (13.36 MB) (445.99 KB) (406.78 KB)

Where Our Bay Regional Monitoring Program Works