Bay Regional Monitoring Program
Projects Related to the Bay Regional Monitoring Program
The Pulse of the Bay
Download 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.
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.
Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
Update: PFAS in San Francisco Bay Water
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.
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
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.
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.
Archive Sample Tool
The Archive Sample Tool provides a web interface that SFEI researchers can use to browse the RMP archives when considering using archive material for a study. The RMP has been collecting archive samples during each sampling event for sediment, bivalve, fish and birds since the early 1990's. These samples are available to SFEI researchers with RMP Program Manager approval, and can be requested directly from the tool.
A Broad Scan of Bay Contaminants: Non-targeted Analysis of Bay Wildlife
A cutting edge analysis identifies low levels of five unmonitored compounds in wildlife of San Francisco Bay. Bay mussel and harbor seal samples were tested for previously unmonitored contaminants using a non-targeted analysis that screens mainly for long-lived, fat-soluble, chlorine and bromine-rich chemicals. The samples contained five contaminants not previously identified in Bay wildlife, and for which toxicity is largely unknown. Most of the Bay chemical contamination was from high priority contaminants that the RMP already monitors, or closely related compounds.
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: 2023
Multi-Year Plan 2023. Richmond, California: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2023 . Report No.: 1096. (3.61 MB) .
Year of Publication: 2022
2021 RMP Water Cruise Report. Livermore, CA: Applied Marine Sciences; 2022 . Report No.: 1098. (1.52 MB) .
2022 Pulse of the Bay. Richmond, California: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2022 . Report No.: 1095. (5.57 MB) (63.26 MB) .
2022 Pulse Resources. 2022. (8.17 MB) (541.71 KB) (347.88 KB)
2022 RMP Multi-Year Plan. Richmond, California: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2022 . Report No.: 1058. (4.32 MB) .
2023 Detailed Workplan and Budget. Richmond, California: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2022 . Report No.: 1117. (800.9 KB) .
Bisphenols in San Francisco Bay: Wastewater, Stormwater, and Margin Sediment Monitoring. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2022 . Report No.: 1093. (1.22 MB) .
Microplastics from Tire Particles in San Francisco Bay Factsheet. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2022. (1.38 MB) .
Occurrence and risk assessment of organophosphate esters and bisphenols in San Francisco Bay, California, USA. Science of the Total Environment [Internet]. 2022;813. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969721073630?via%3Dihub .
PFAS in San Francisco Bay Water. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2022 . Report No.: 1094. (2.37 MB) .
Priority margin unit stormwater monitoring to support load estimates of PCBs into San Leandro Bay and the Emeryville Crescent. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2022 . Report No.: 1088. (2.06 MB) .
San Francisco Bay Watershed Dynamic Model (WDM) Progress Report, Phase 2. Richmond, California: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2022 . Report No.: 1091. (3.56 MB) .
Small Tributaries Pollutants of Concern Reconnaissance Monitoring: Application of Storm-event Loads and Yields-Based and Congener-Based PCB Site Prioritization Methodologies. 2022 . Report No.: 1067. (4.33 MB) (1.24 MB) (989.4 KB) (1.83 MB) .
Strategy for In-Bay Fate Modeling to Support Contaminant and Sediment Management in San Francisco Bay. Richmond, California: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2022 . Report No.: 1090. (2.81 MB) .
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