Wetlands Regional Monitoring Program

The Wetlands Regional Monitoring Program (WRMP) is convening stakeholders from a broad range of backgrounds and expertise to plan and implement a regional monitoring program for wetlands and streams in the Bay Area and the Delta. 

Collaborative Science for Healthy Wetlands

The Wetlands Regional Monitoring Program (WRMP) is convening stakeholders from a broad range of backgrounds and expertise to develop a regional monitoring program plan for wetlands in the Bay Area. This program will help to implement Action 2 in the Estuary Blueprint, and will  help local, regional, state, and federal agencies evaluate the effectiveness of efforts to sustain healthy aquatic habitats and resources.

Project News

April 2, 2020 – WRMP Plan Released

WRMP Plan CoverThe Wetland Regional Monitoring Program (WRMP) Plan for the San Francisco Estuary is now complete! Read the full plan here. Read the Project Summary Handout here.

The WRMP will improve wetland restoration project success by putting in place regional-scale monitoring increasing the impact, utility and application of permit-driven monitoring to inform science-based decision-making. Once in place, the WRMP will be a robust, science-driven, collaborative regional monitoring program that includes: a) Monitoring site network; b) Open data sharing platform; c) Comprehensive science framework. 

  • The WRMP Plan lays the foundation for the development of this program. The next steps include determining the funding model and governance structure, developing the data management system, conducting outreach to the intended user community, and establishing a Technical Advisory Committee in Summer 2020.

The Plan is the result of 2 years of work from a committed group of regulators, scientists and restoration practitioners. Upcoming program development focuses on determining the funding model and governance structure, developing the data system, conducting outreach to the intended user community, and establishing a Technical Advisory Committee in Summer 2020. 

WRMP Plan Resources

February 28, 2020 — The WRMP Cost Analysis is now available. Costs were estimated to advance science content development into Phase 2 and inform the funding amount required for program start up and initial data collection (i.e. science content and administration and governance components). The data management component is also being developed in Phase 2 and those costs are not included in this analysis.

December 15, 2019 — The December 2019 issue of Estuary News covered the State of the Estuary Conference session “From Regional to Local: Integrated Monitoring for Healthy Wetlands”, which highlighted the WRMP and multiple collaborators, in the article Coordinated Monitoring Will Hasten Wetland Recovery by Robin Meadows. 

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Important Dates

Steering Committee Meetings: 

  • March 23, 2021
  • June 22, 2021
  • September 28, 2021
  • December 14, 2021

 

This project advances the following Estuary Blueprint goals and actions

Goals
Habitats and Living Resources
Resilience
Water Quality and Quantity
Stewardship

Actions
Action 2

A pilot program to monitor tidal marsh habitat in the San Francisco Estuary

The charge of the Wetlands Regional Monitoring Program (WRMP) is to develop an implementable pilot program to monitor mature and restored tidal marsh habitat, with the goals of:

  • Improving the efficiency of permitting and monitoring of voluntary tidal wetland restoration projects
  • Evaluating the condition of the tidal marsh ecosystem at a regional scale

The project is funded by a Wetlands Program Development Grant from EPA Region 9. 

WRMP Development Process

The Wetlands Regional Monitoring Program Plan development processes is intended to proceed rapidly while gathering input from a diverse body of stakeholders in the Bay Area.

The development of the WRMP will be driven collaboratively by three bodies:

  • The Steering Committee is the largest and most diverse group, and is the official decision-making body. All programmatic elements will be reviewed and approved by the steering committee before inclusion in the WRMP plan. 
  • The Core Team is a smaller body that will draft many aspects of the WRMP plan for review, and is responsible for administering the EPA grant funding the WRMP development process.
  • The Technical Advisory Committee will help maintain WRMP technical excellence and cost-effectiveness by identifying monitoring locations and frequencies, interpreting results, identifying new questions and recommending special studies, and advising project conceptual designs and monitoring plans.

Additional input on the scientific content will be gathered through technical workshops, and plan elements may be developed by ad hoc sub-committees, as needed.

WRMP Plan Cover

WRMP Program Plan Cover

WRMP Development Teams

Core Team

MemberOrganization
Heidi Nutters, PISan Francisco Estuary Partnership
Xavier FernandezSan Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
Christina TomsSan Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
Luisa ValielaUS Environmental Protection Agency Region 9
Jen SiuUS Environmental Protection Agency Region 9
Aimee GoodSan Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Tony HaleSan Francisco Estuary Institute - Aquatic Science Center
Cristina GrossoSan Francisco Estuary Institute - Aquatic Science Center
Sandra ScogginSan Francisco Bay Joint Venture
Alexandra ThomsenSan Francisco Estuary Partnership

Steering Committee

MemberOrganization
Aimee GoodSan Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Brad McCrea (alternate)San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
Brenda GoedenSan Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
Brian MeuxNational Marine Fisheries Service
Carl WilcoxCalifornia Department of Fish and Wildlife
Christina Toms (alternate)San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
Craig WeightmanCalifornia Department of Fish and Wildlife
Dave HalsingSouth Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project
Doug Bell (alternate)East Bay Regional Parks District
Erika CastilloAlameda County Mosquito Abatement District
Jana AffonsoUS Fish and Wildlife Service
Jessica DavenportState Coastal Conservancy
Jessie OlsonSave the Bay
Joseph Huston (alternate)Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District
Matt GraulEast Bay Regional Parks District
Melissa FoleySan Francisco Estuary Institute
Mike ChotkowskiUS Geological Survey
Moira McEnespy (alternate)State Coastal Conservancy
Rachelle Cardona (alternate)Save the Bay
Renee SpenstDucks Unlimited
Sandra ScogginSan Francisco Bay Joint Venture
Sarah FirestoneUS Army Corps of Engineers
Shalini Kannan (alternate)South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project
Stuart Siegel (alternate)San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Tom Kimball (alternate)US Geological Survey
Xavier FernandezSan Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board

Technical Advisory Committee

MemberOrganization
Alison Weber-StoverNMFS
Christina TomsSF Bay Water Board
Donna Ball SFEI
Dylan Chapple Delta Stewardship Council
Iryna DrynovaUC Berkeley
Jeremy LoweSFEI
John BourgeoisValley Water
John CallawayUniversity of San Francisco
Josh CollinsSFEI
Joy AlbertsonUSFWS
Julia Kelly (alternate)SF BCDC
Julian WoodPoint Blue Conservation Science
Julie BeagleUSACE
Karen ThorneUSGS
Levi Lewis UC Davis
Mike VaseySF Bay NERR
Sam Veloz (alternate)Point Blue Conservation Science
Susan De La Cruz USGS
Tessa Beach (alternate)USACE
Todd HallenbeckSF BCDC
Valary BloomUSFWS

Project Resources and Publications

WRMP Materials

This section will be updated as WRMP-related documents are produced.

Contact Us

Primary Project Contacts:

Heidi Nutters, Environmental Planner, San Francisco Estuary Partnership

Alex Thomsen, California Sea Grant Fellow, San Francisco Estuary Partnership

Donna Ball, Senior Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute