Water Quality Monitoring Program
From its inception in 1987, the Program has been a regional, statewide and national leader in the collection and analysis of monitoring and assessment data used to evaluate the condition of water bodies and impacts of urban runoff. The Program's initial monitoring activities established baseline water quality conditions of runoff from various urban land uses.
In recent years, the Program has conducted, managed and/or actively collaborated on a range of water quality monitoring activities at varying spatial scales. These include studies designed to assess water quality and beneficial uses in local water bodies (e.g., creeks) and the San Francisco Bay, and loading studies to evaluate the proportion of pollutants entering the Bay from local tributaries. Studies on local water bodies are typically conducted through the Program's Multi-Year Monitoring Program. Monitoring activities conducted in San Francisco Bay and pollutant loading evaluations are conducted through regional partnerships (e.g., the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality) for which the Program contributes financially and actively participates in the steering and technical review.