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Effective Application of Monitoring Information: The Case of San Francisco Bay

Authors
  • Hoenicke, Rainer1
  • Davis, Jay A.2
  • Gunther, Andrew3
  • Mumley, Thomas E.4
  • Abu-Saba, Khalil4
  • Taberski, Karen4
  • 1 The Resources Agency, 1416 Ninth St., Suite 1311, Sacramento, CA, 95814 , Sacramento
  • 2 San Francisco Estuary Institute, 7770 Pardee Lane, Oakland, CA, 94621 , Oakland
  • 3 Applied Marine Sciences, 4235 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611 , Oakland
  • 4 San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA, 94612 , Oakland
Type
Published Article
Journal
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2003
Volume
81
Issue
1-3
Pages
15–25
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1023/A:1021344117229
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
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Abstract

The San Francisco Estuary Regional Monitoring Program (RMP) for Trace Substances is an innovative partnership among a regulatory agency, more than 70 regulated entities, and an independent scientific organization. The institutional arrangement behind the RMP has made the regulatory system increasingly responsive to emerging management needs, particularly with regard to the development of total maximum daily loads and ecosystem impairment assessment. Through multi-agency partnerships within and outside the RMP institutional structure, major information gaps for several pollutants of concern have been narrowed, resulting in a successful consensus-based regulatory approach to managing copper and nickel mass inputs into the Estuary. Short-term research efforts, based upon monitoring results, helped identify the most cost-effective control and remediation options for various bioaccumulative substances. Additionally, adaptive changes to the monitoring program documented the existence of widespread aquatic toxicity in the Estuary that is apparently due to pesticide runoff from agricultural and urban areas. One of the most important contributions of this collaborative monitoring program is the deliberate and systematic adjustment of management and research questions that serve to influence and add relevance to the overall research agenda related to San Francisco Estuary ecosystem assessment.

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