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Delta Regional Monitoring Program

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.

The short-term (1-2 years) goal for this action is to establish a framework for regularly gathering, compiling, assessing, and reporting readily available data currently being collected under Water Board programs and external programs, such as the IEP and the Department of Water Resourcesí Municipal Water Quality Investigations (MWQI) program. The long-term (3-5 years) goal is to develop a Regional Monitoring Program (RMP) for the Delta. Inherent in both the short and long term efforts is the need to develop a framework for coordinating monitoring and assessment efforts in and around the Delta.

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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 Patrick Morris at patrick.morris@waterboards.ca.gov or (916) 464-4621.

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--Web page last updated 05/20/2015