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. 

Project At a Glance

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

  • 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. 
  • The Winter 2019 Newsletter is now available. This newsletter provides project updates and milestones, what to expected in Phase 2 of program development, and an interview with one of our new Steering Committee Members!
  • Phase 1 comes to an end in December 2019, and Phase 2 kicks off in January 2020.

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Important Dates

Steering Committee Meetings: Last Tuesday of every other month, 10am-1pm, Redwood Room, Bay Area Metro Center, San Francisco.

  • February 25, 2020
  • April 28, 2020
  • June 23, 2020

 

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 Science Advisory Team is composed of regional experts on subjects relevant to the WRMP. The members will review and recommend the science content of the WRMP Plan.

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

A diagram of the proposed WRMP Plan development process. Click to enlarge.

WRMP Development Teams

Core Team

MemberOrganization
Heidi Nutters, PISan Francisco Estuary Partnership
Josh Collins, Co-PISan Francisco Estuary Institute
Aimee GoodSan Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Mike VaseySan Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
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
Jillian BurnsSan Francisco Estuary Partnership

Steering Committee

MemberOrganization
Kaylee AllenUS Fish and Wildlife Service
Donna BallSave the Bay
John CallawayDelta Science Council
Erika CastilloAlameda County Mosquito Abatement District
Sahrye CohenUS Army Corps of Engineers
Josh CollinsSan Francisco Estuary Institute
Gregg EricksonCalifornia Department of Fish and Wildlife
Xavier FernandezSan Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
Dave HalsingSouth Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project
Brenda GoedenSan Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
Matt GraulEast Bay Regional Parks District
Tom KimballUS Geological Survey
Moira McEnespyState Coastal Conservancy
Sandra ScogginSan Francisco Bay Joint Venture
Renee SpenstDucks Unlimited
Mike VaseySan Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Carl WilcoxCalifornia Department of Fish and Wildlife
Julian WoodPoint Blue Conservation Science

Science Advisory Team

MemberOrganization
Joy AlbertsonUS Fish and Wildlife Service
Kristin ByrdUS Geological Survey
Josh CollinsSan Francisco Estuary Institute
Steve CulbersonDelta Science Program
Jay DavisSan Francisco Estuary Institute
Ron DukeHT Harvey and Associates
Letitia GrenierSan Francisco Estuary Institute
Michelle OrrEnvironmental Science Associates
Karen ThorneUS Geological Survey
Mike VaseySan Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
John BourgeoisEnvironmental Science Associates

Resources

WRMP Regulatory Drivers Analysis

This document describes the regulatory context for the WRMP, explores how monitoring decisions are made, and makes recommendations about how the WRMP could benefit regulators and restoration practitioners.

It’s available here: WRMP Regulatory Drivers Analysis

Contact Us

Primary Project Contacts:

Heidi Nutters, Environmental Planner, San Francisco Estuary Partnership

Jillian Burns, California Sea Grant Fellow, San Francisco Estuary Partnership

Joshua Collins, PhD, Chief Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute 

 

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