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1 The State of San Francisco Bay: Water Quality Jay Davis, Mike Connor San Francisco Estuary Institute Russ Flegal University of California, Santa Cruz Presented at SETAC Annual Meeting November 14, 2007

2 Goals of This Talk Brief Introduction to the RMP Brief Introduction to the RMP Overview of Water Quality in the Bay Overview of Water Quality in the Bay Present a New Way of Summarizing Water Quality Information Present a New Way of Summarizing Water Quality Information

3 Regional Monitoring Program (RMP) Mature program - began in 1993 Mature program - began in 1993 $3 million/year of stable funding $3 million/year of stable funding Multi-faceted Multi-faceted Continually adapting in response to information needs of managers Continually adapting in response to information needs of managers

4 RMP Information Products Annual reports Annual reports Technical reports Technical reports Web site with access to raw data Web site with access to raw data Journal publications Journal publications Annual meeting Annual meeting

5 Need for a simple summaryNeed for a simple summary Does justice to the wealth of available informationDoes justice to the wealth of available information Synthesis articles Synthesis articles CEP reports CEP reports Not too simpleNot too simple How is the Bay doing?

6 Status Health Risks Risks Pathways Spatial Pattern Pattern Trend Forecast A Pictorial Summary Example: PCBs

7 OrganicWaste Status Silver Nutrients Health Risks Risks Pathways Spatial Pattern Pattern Trend Forecast Problems Solved

8 TotalMercury Status PCBs Methyl- mercury Health Risks Risks Pathways Spatial Pattern Pattern Trend Forecast The Biggest Problems

9 Dioxins Status ExoticSpecies Health Risks Risks Pathways Spatial Pattern Pattern Trend Forecast The Biggest Problems

10 Status Health Risks Risks Pathways Spatial Pattern Pattern Trend Forecast Other Threats Selenium PAHs LegacyPesticides

11 Nickel Status Copper Health Risks Risks Pathways Spatial Pattern Pattern Trend Forecast Below Thresholds…

12 PBDEs Status SedimentToxicity Pyre-throids Health Risks Risks Pathways Spatial Pattern Pattern Trend Forecast Rising Concerns Mixtures

13 Tailored to RMPTailored to RMP Consistent with 303(d) ListConsistent with 303(d) List By pollutantBy pollutant FlexibleFlexible Highlights information gapsHighlights information gaps Includes forecastIncludes forecast Not overly boiled downNot overly boiled down The Pulse Water Quality Summary

14 Reports and information available at:


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