Projects Related to the Bay Regional Monitoring Program

The Pulse of the Bay

Download last year’s Pulse of the Bay! This report from the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay summarizes the present state of Bay water quality and looks into the crystal ball at what the condition of Bay water might be 50 years from now.

The Pulse is a companion to the State of the Estuary Report and examines whether Estuary waters are clean enough to be safe for fishing, for swimming, and to provide healthy habitat for aquatic life.

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).

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 Program issues a report each year, the Pulse of the Bay in odd years and the RMP Update in even years.

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a broad class of fluorine-rich specialty chemicals. More than 4,700 PFAS are used in consumer, commercial and industrial applications, including food packaging materials, waterproof textiles, stain-resistant carpets and furniture, fire-suppression foams, processing aids for the production of fluoropolymers like Teflon, mist suppressants in metal-plating, and hydraulic aviation fluids. Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) have been shown to be highly toxic and have been phased out of production in the US.

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.

Sport Fish Monitoring Report

Fish from San Francisco Bay contain concentrations of mercury, PCBs, and other chemical contaminants that are above thresholds of concern for human health. This problem was first documented in 1994 when the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (SFBRWQCB) performed a pilot study to measure contaminant concentrations in Bay sport fish (Fairey et al. 1997).

Dredged Material Testing Thresholds for San Francisco Bay Area Sediments

This page presents sediment chemistry thresholds for seven different contaminant classes, used by the Dredged Material Management Office (DMMO) for determining when bioaccumulation testing will typically be required for dredged material proposed to be discharged at unconfined open water disposal sites in San Francisco Bay. These same thresholds are also used by DMMO to determine when additional analysis of the post-dredge sediment surface (“residual” or “z-layer” sediments) may be warranted.

Microplastic Pollution

The RMP has conducted initial studies of microplastic pollution in San Francisco Bay. Findings from a 2015 screening-level RMP study of microplastic pollution in our Bay show widespread contamination at levels greater than other U.S. water bodies with high levels of urban development, the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay. Wildlife consume microplastic particles; ingestion can lead to physical harm, and can expose aquatic organisms to pollutants like PCBs that the plastics have absorbed from the surrounding environment.

Historical Ecology and Landscape Change in the Central Laguna de Santa Rosa

This study synthesizes a diverse array of data to examine the ecological patterns, ecosystem functions, and hydrology that characterized a central portion of the Laguna de Santa Rosa during the mid-19th century, and to analyze landscape changes over the past 150 years. The primary purpose of this study was to help guide restoration actions and other measures aimed at reducing nutrient loads within this portion of the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed.

Publications Issued by 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.
Top Publications
Trowbridge P. 2018 Bay RMP Multi-Year Plan. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute ; 2018 . Report No.: 860.  (3.88 MB)
Trowbridge P. Status & Trends Monitoring Design: 2018 Update. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute ; 2018 .  (1.13 MB)
Trowbridge P. 2018 RMP Detailed Workplan and Budget. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute ; 2017 .  (390.05 KB)
Trowbridge P. Charter: Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute ; 2017 . Report No.: 844.  (1.68 MB)

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Year of Publication: 2018

Yee D. 2017 RMP Bay Margins Sediment Samples Quality Assurance Report. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2018 .  (210.1 KB)
Yee D. 2017 RMP Water Samples Quality Assurance Report. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2018 .  (212.28 KB)
Salop P, Shimabuku I, Davis J, Franz A. 2018 Bivalve Retrieval Cruise Report. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute ; 2018 . Report No.: 920.  (248.52 KB)
Davis J. 2018 Regional Monitoring Program Update. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute ; 2018 . Report No.: 906.  (30.3 MB)
Trowbridge P, Wong A, Davis J, Ackerman J. 2018 RMP Bird Egg Monitoring Sampling and Analysis Plan. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2018 . Report No.: 891.  (882.63 KB)
Shimabuku I, Trowbridge P, Salop P. 2018 RMP Bivalve Deployment Cruise Plan. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2018 . Report No.: 892.  (268.38 KB)
Salop P. 2018 RMP Bivalve Deployment Cruise Report. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute ; 2018 . Report No.: 903.  (846.17 KB)
Shimabuku I, Trowbridge P, Salop P, Franz A. 2018 RMP Bivalve Retrieval Cruise Plan. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute ; 2018 . Report No.: 893.  (466.59 KB)
Shimabuku I, Trowbridge P, Salop P. 2018 RMP Bivalve Retrieval Cruise Plan. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2018 . Report No.: 893.  (466.59 KB)
Salop P, Franz A. 2018 RMP Sediment Cruise Report. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute ; 2018 . Report No.: 907.  (1014.5 KB)
Franz A, Trowbridge P, Salop P. 2018 RMP Sediment Sampling and Analysis Plan. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2018 . Report No.: 904.  (1.7 MB)

Where Our Bay Regional Monitoring Program Works