SFEI Newsletter for Spring 2016

www.sfei.org • Spring • 2016
At SFEI, we are engaged in over 30 major projects throughout the S.F. Bay Area and Delta region on a wide range water quality and landscape monitoring, assessment and ecological planning efforts. Our goal is always to provide the best available science to decision makers.
In addition, the past year has seen a continued expansion of the number and scope of “regional” initiatives throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to address the global challenges of climate change and sea level rise. On each of these regional initiatives, SFEI has been asked to provide essential scientific guidance and tools.
We’re proud to work with creative and dynamic leaders in the public, private, academic and NGO sectors. Given the outstanding talent and resources of our many colleagues, there is no reason why the Bay Area shouldn’t serve as the international model to demonstrate how an urban region can adapt to climate change and sea level rise. At SFEI, we’re committed to make that vision a reality.
Here are a few examples of our efforts to make the Bay Area and California a more resilient, vibrant, and ecologically healthy community within the next 50 to 100 years.

Warner Chabot
Executive Director

Statewide Survey Finds Fish-Eating Birds At Risk from Mercury
in Many Lakes
As part of the statewide bioaccumulation monitoring program led by Jay Davis of SFEI, SWAMP has released findings from the first statewide survey of contaminants in wildlife from California waters. The survey found that mercury concentrations in the blood of two closely related species of grebes were high enough to potentially translate to harmful impacts on their reproduction in over half of the 25 lakes sampled… more >
Estuary News features RMP study on microplastic pollution
December’s issue of Estuary News features an article, “Unhealthy Fiber in Bay Diet,” that highlights the surprising result of a preliminary study of Bay microplastic pollution, which suggested that San Francisco Bay has higher levels of microplastic than other major urban waterbodies in the US for which data are available … more >
Hot off the Press: The Mooring Report
The Mooring Report is the new monthly e-newsletter from San Francisco Estuary Institute’s Nutrients Team. It directly links to a web article containing interactive versions of the graphics you receive in the email and preliminary analyses of some of our favorite discoveries. We wish to take this opportunity to update you on our progress and solicit your feedback. Please sign up to receive future editions of The Mooring Report … more >
SFEI provides perspective on emerging harmful bacterial blooms in the State’s larger waterbodies
The State has contracted SFEI to provide intellectual, scientific, and technical resources to support its efforts to monitor and report on the ever-growing problem of cyanobacterial blooms in its lakes and rivers. These blooms are such a serious concern because they can generate harmful toxins which can threaten wildlife, livestock, pets, and in certain cases, human life… more >
CRAM Bar-Built Estuarine (BBE) module now available to expand the applicability of CRAM
The new Bar-built Estuarine (BBE) module is now available for trained practitioners to upload their California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) assessments into the online tool called eCRAM. SFEI staff developed carefully crafted eCRAM data entry forms to facilitate the uploading of BBE assessments into the CRAM database. Public assessments can be viewed on EcoAtlas’ interactive map and downloaded using the CRAM filter tool… more >
Get on the curve: Habitat Development Curves help determine the performance of on-the-ground projects
How do you know whether your project assessment, conducted by the California Rapid Assessment Method, reflects an improvement that is aligned with ecosystem goals? Habitat Development Curves (HDCs) help to visualize and measure the performance of on-the-ground projects relative to ecosystem goals. In turn, HDCs can be used to determine the developmental status and trajectory of on-the-ground projects to create, restore, or enhance California wetland and stream habitats…more >
Historical Ecology Featured by NY Times and KTVU

SFEI’s pioneering Resilient Landscapes program was the subject of a feature story in the NYT Science Times, January 25. In a local story, KTVU’s Steve Paulson interviewed Robin Grossinger and Erin Beller to learn how their historical ecology work in Napa has shed light on ways that natural processes might help, rather than hinder, flood protection strategies… more >
Getting the Word Out about the Baylands Goals
Bay Ridge. Photograph by: Shira BezalelLetitia Grenier continues to work with partners around the region to get the word out about the new ideas in the Baylands Goals Science Update 2015… more >
Jeremy Lowe wins Bay Hero Award
SFEI Senior Scientist Jeremy Lowe will be honored with the Bay Hero Award from the Bay Institute, at their annual award ceremony March 10, 2016. The award, with co-winners Peter Baye and Michael Connor, was given for the team’s innovative work on integrating treated wastewater discharge, flood risk management, climate change adaptation, and Bay wetlands restoration with the Oro Loma Sanitary District. Congratulations to Jeremy, Peter, and Mike! … more >
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