Wetlands Regional Monitoring Program
San Francisco Bay Area
Wetlands Regional Monitoring Program



The Wetlands Restortation Program's Executive Council endorsed the Charter of Working Principles on Tuesday, June 10, 2003.

Geographic Scope

The geographic scope of the WRMP is the entire San Francisco Estuary plus the watersheds that drain to the Estuary within the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. The WRMP will initially focus on the baylands of the Estuary. The baylands consist of the mudflats, tidal marshes, diked historical tidal marshes, and other lands that would be tidal in the absence of existing levees, sea walls, tide gates, and other water control structures. The tidal baylands consist of the mudflats and tidal marshes.

Why the WRMP Is Needed

Wetland managers and the concerned public in the Bay Area have a long history in wetland conservation and protection. Their interest is expressed in many questions about the overall status and trends in wetland health and about the location and performance of wetland restoration and mitigation projects.

These questions cannot be answered at this time because the ambient condition of wetlands is not regularly assessed, the restoration and mitigation projects are monitored in disparate ways, there is little assurance of data quality, and the results are not readily available. Simply stated, there is no public measure of the environmental costs or benefits of most wetland management actions.

The WRMP was formed to define the basic information needs for managing wetlands, to develop a scientific framework with standard methods for monitoring wetlands and for interpreting the results, and to regularly report the findings to the public.