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For the purposes of the Wetland Regional Monitoring Program (WRMP), Standard Operating Procedures, also known as an SOP, detail the data collection and management procedures to monitor specific indicators.
The WRMP was included as one of the featured case studies to demonstrate the importance of stakeholder engagement and monitoring for future coastal resilience projects.
About the WRMP
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, close coordination is needed between land managers, scientists and regulators. The WRMP will improve wetland restoration project success by putting in place regional-scale monitoring increasing the impact, utility and application of 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:
- Monitoring site network
- Open data sharing platform
- Comprehensive science framework
A program to monitor tidal marsh habitat in the San Francisco Estuary
The charge of the Wetlands Regional Monitoring Program (WRMP) is 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
Why Regional Monitoring?
- Supports effort to meet 100,000 acre wetlands restoration goal
- Supports climate change adaptation and priority responses at regional scale
- Informs and potentially facilitates project specific monitoring
- Supports project design and adaptive management via centralized data management and analysis