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 information they need to manage the Bay effectively. The Program issues a report each year, the Pulse of the Bay in even years and the RMP Update in odd years.

The purpose of The Pulse is to make the most important information available on water quality in the Bay accessible to water quality managers, decision-makers, scientists, and the public. The theme of the 2022 Pulse is "50 Years After the Clean Water Act." Nine different individuals or groups have contributed perspectives on progress to date and challenges ahead. This Pulse also includes summaries, with a historical perspective, on the major water quality parameters of concern in the Bay. You can access the Pulse by clicking here




You can request a hard copy of the Pulse by clicking here, or if you have comments or questions, please contact Jay Davis: [email protected]

The RMP Update provides a concise overview of recent RMP activities and findings, and a look ahead to significant products anticipated in the next two years. 


Additional resources related to this edition of the Pulse, including the excellent 1965 KRON documentary “No Deposit, No Return” and the USEPA Documerica photo collection, are available via this web page


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