RMP eUpdate: July 2015

July 2015
  1. RMP Annual Meeting
  2. New Developments in Emerging Contaminants and Green Chemistry
  3. RMP Journal Publication: Storm Flows Key to Managing Pollution in Highly Urban Watersheds
  4. RMP Fact Sheet: A Broad Scan of Bay Contaminants
  5. RMP Journal Publication: Contaminant Loads from the Delta to SF Bay
  6. RMP Charter
  7. IEP Newsletter Article Based on RMP-Supported Monitoring
  8. RMP Fact Sheet: RMP Science in Support of Dredging Activities
  9. RMP-Related Item: North Bay Mercury Biosentinel Project
  10. Follow us on Twitter!
More news and RMP Information available at: http://www.sfei.org/rmp

September 18, 2015

RMP Annual Meeting

In 2015, the RMP Annual Meeting will be part of the 12th Biennial State of the Estuary Conference. The conference will have nearly 80 presentations on the Bay, the Delta, and the State of the Estuary, a poster session, and networking opportunities. The conference spans two days (September 17 and 18) and the RMP Annual Meeting will be on the second day. RMP participants must pre-register by July 31, 2015 in order to receive the free or discounted registration for the conference. More information…

June 2015

New Developments in Emerging Contaminants
and Green Chemistry

With substantial funding from the RMP, SFEI tracks contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), building the knowledge necessary to prevent tomorrow’s pollution problems. SFEI also aids pollution prevention efforts through our Green Chemistry focus area. Recent local and state developments on CECs and green chemistry relate to plastic microbeads, pharmaceutical disposal, bisphenol A, and more. More information…

June 2015

RMP Journal Publication: Storm Flows Key to Managing Pollution in Highly Urban Watersheds

In a RMP study in 2007-2010, SFEI scientists made intensive measurements for suspended sediments and a range of trace organic pollutants in dry weather and storm flow runoff from a fully urban watershed in Hayward. More information…

May 2015

RMP Fact Sheet: A Broad Scan of Bay Contaminants

Cutting-Edge Analysis Identifies Low Levels of Five Unmonitored Compounds in Wildlife of San Francisco Bay

A Bay RMP study, profiled in June’s Estuary News, tested San Francisco Bay wildlife for previously unmonitored contaminants using a non-targeted analysis that screens mainly for long-lived, fat-soluble, chlorine and bromine-rich chemicals. Bay mussel and harbor seal samples contained five contaminants not previously identified in Bay wildlife, and for which toxicity is largely unknown.  More information…

April 2015

RMP Journal Publication: Contaminant Loads from the Delta to San Francisco Bay

Results of RMP monitoring of loads from the Delta to San Francisco Bay were recently published in the journal Water Environment Research. More information…

April 2015

RMP Charter

The RMP published a formal Charter for the Program in April 2015.  The Charter describes the purpose and function of the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay (RMP).  It also documents the governance structure and processes of the Program. More information…

April 2015

IEP Newsletter Article Based on RMP-Supported Monitoring

Continuous Water-Quality and Suspended-Sediment Transport Monitoring in the San Francisco Bay, California, Water Years 2011–13

The USGS, with support from the RMP and other sources, has been monitoring Bay water continuously since 1988. Several important water quality variables are monitored at key locations throughout the Bay: salinity, temperature, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen. See page 22 of the IEP Newsletter Volume 27 No 2.

March 2015

RMP Fact Sheet: RMP Science in Support of Dredging Activities

Dredging activities are affected by management decisions about disposal of contaminated sediments, dredged sediment volumes, and the impacts of dredging on aquatic life. The RMP teamed with the Bay Planning Coalition on a fact sheet describing how the RMP has studied these issues to ensure that management decisions are based on sound science. More information…

December 2014

RMP-Related Item: North Bay Mercury Biosentinel Project

SFEI scientists recently completed a two-year project that monitored mercury in fish and birds in North Bay marsh restoration projects. Fish mercury concentrations in breached wetlands were not elevated relative to managed ponds and established tidal marshes. While breached wetlands may not pose a particular problem, there is still cause for concern across all of these habitats as concentrations in fish are usually above the TMDL target for protection of fish-eating birds. More information…

Follow us on Twitter for links to breaking news on Bay water quality.

  • Becky Sutton (@beckysuttonphd) keeps tabs on news relating to chemicals
    of emerging concern
  • Jay Davis (@JayDavis_ASC) tracks news relating to general
    Bay water quality.
  • @sfei_asc for general news from the San Francisco Estuary Institute
    and Aquatic Science Center.

For general questions or comments about the RMP, contact Phil Trowbridge (philt@sfei.org) or Jay Davis (jay@sfei.org).

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