Projects Related to the Bay Regional Monitoring Program

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.

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).

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.    

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: 2021

Yee D. 2019 RMP Data Quality Assurance Report. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2021 .  (426.68 KB)
2020-21 RMP North Bay Selenium Study. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2021 . Report No.: 1052.  (7.65 MB)
Foley M. 2021 RMP Multi-Year Plan . Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2021 . Report No.: 1027.  (3.5 MB)
Buzby N, Davis JA, Sutton R, Miller E, Yee D, Wong A, et al.. Contaminant Concentrations in Sport Fish from San Francisco Bay: 2019. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2021 . Report No.: 1036.  (5.15 MB)
Zi T, Mckee L, Yee D, Foley M. San Francisco Bay Regional Watershed Modeling Progress Report, Phase 1. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2021 . Report No.: 1038.  (8.84 MB)
Mendez M, Lin D, Sutton R. Study of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Bay Area POTWs: Phase 1, Sampling and Analysis Plan. Richmond, CA: San Francisco Estuary Institute; 2021 . Report No.: 1020.  (12.68 MB)
Ellisor D, Buzby N, Weaver M, Foley M, Pugh R. The San Francisco Estuary Institute Collection at the NIST Biorepository [Internet]. NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8370. Gaithersburg, MD: National Institute of Standards and Technology; 2021 . Report No.: 1039. (1.28 MB)

Where Our Bay Regional Monitoring Program Works