About Us

Overview

The San Francisco Estuary restoration community is working rapidly to protect and restore wetlands that can provide flood protection, recreation, water quality improvement, and habitat for surrounding communities. In order to meet a regional target of 100,000 acres restored by 2030 (Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Update), close coordination is needed between land managers, scientists and regulators.

The WRMP improves wetland restoration project success by putting in place regional-scale monitoring increasing the impact, utility and application of site specific 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.

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Geographic Scope

WRMP geographic scope divided into subregions and OLUs

Data source: San Francisco Estuary Institute; tidal flats, tidal wetlands, and restored baylands of the lower San Francisco Estuary. Map author: A. Thomsen.

The geographic scope of the WRMP encompasses the “complete” tidal marsh ecosystem, as defined by Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Update. The complete tidal marsh ecosystem includes subtidal areas to a depth of 12 ft below local Mean Lower Low Water (zero tide height), tidal flats, fully tidal and muted tidal marshes, and adjoining estuarine-terrestrial and estuarine-fluvial transition zones. The scope does not currently include managed marshes, such as duck clubs in Suisun Marsh, or diked non-tidal marshes within the historical limits of the San Francisco baylands.

To facilitate data analysis, interpretation, and management consistent with other regional monitoring efforts such as the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay (Bay RMP), the geographic scope of the WRMP is divided into five subregions including Suisun Bay, San Pablo Bay, Central Bay, South Bay, and Lower South Bay.

The WRMP may also utilize Operational Landscape Units (OLUs), identified in the San Francisco Bay Shoreline Adaptation Atlas. Operational Landscape Units are contiguous areas of baylands and adjoining watersheds distinguished by their unique combination of geology, topography, precipitation, and estuarine conditions that, in general, are likely to respond in similar ways to climate change. OLUs can serve as a natural spatial template at a scale between individual watersheds and subregions or counties for planning and assessing climate change adaptation.

tidal marsh
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