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Delta Regional Monitoring Program

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Many agencies and groups monitor water quality, water flows, and ecological conditions in the Bay-Delta, but there is no comprehensive contaminants monitoring and assessment program. The Interagency Ecological Program (IEP), CALFED, and other organizations, including the Water Boards, conduct some of these analyses, but due to their specific mandates, information gaps may exist. Emerging concerns with contaminants related to the decline of pelagic organisms in the Delta, wastewater treatment plant discharges, agricultural discharges, pesticides, blue-green algae toxicity, and unknown toxicity events all highlight the need for well-coordinated contaminants monitoring. A system is needed for coordinating among monitoring programs and integrating contaminants monitoring into existing monitoring efforts whereby all data are synthesized and assessed on a regular basis. The Strategic Workplan for Activities in the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary, which was adopted by the State Water Board, Central Valley Regional Water Board, and San Francisco Bay Regional Water Board, identifies the development of a comprehensive monitoring program for the Delta as a priority action.

Recent News and Upcoming Events

  • 18 December 2015 - Next Delta RMP Steering Committee Meeting
  • 16 November 2015 - Next Delta RMP Technical Advisory Meeting
  • October 2015 - Drafts of the Communications Plan and Program Planning documents were presented to the Steering Committee for review.
  • July 2015 - Current Use Pesticide monitoring (toxicity testing and chemistry tests) began at the five baseline sites identified in the Delta RMP Monitoring Design.
  • July 2015 - The FY 2015/16 Detailed Workplan and Budget was completed.
  • July 2015 - State Board provided a preliminary review of the QAPP, revisions are in progress.
  • June 2015 - The Delta RMP Monitoring Design was approved by the Steering Committee.
  • April 2015 - Monitoring for the Pathogen Study began at drinking water intake locations and at ambient locations throughout the Delta. 

Steering Committee Meetings

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meetings

For meetings materials and documents related to the development process prior to the formation of the Delta RMP Steering Committee in the fall of 2012, please see the Archived Materials webpage.

For additional information, please contact Selina Cole at selina.cole@waterboards.ca.gov or (916) 464-4683.

Studies and Reports

--Web page last updated 11/17/2015