The Achievements Report highlights recent accomplishments of the SWAMP and its partners, framing the many projects SWAMP is a part of in the context of their value to the State of California and the public at large. The Achievements Report also describes how monitoring data have been used to answer critical water quality questions pertaining to California’s surface waters and how this information has been conveyed to resource managers and the public. Program activities are organized under the following categories: Monitoring, Assessments, Communication, Comparability, Coordination, and Management Decisions.
The goal of the Bioaccumulation Monitoring Program is to address the “Fishable” beneficial use through surveys of contaminant concentrations in fish tissue throughout waters of the state. The Bioaccumulation Oversight Group (BOG) serves as the advising body for SWAMP’s fish tissue monitoring program. Sampling occurs on a five-year cycle, rotating between lakes and reservoirs, coastal waters, and rivers and streams. The following reports are currently available:
- Lakes & Reservoirs
- Coastal Waters
- Streams & Rivers
- Is It Safe to Eat Fish and Shellfish from our Waters? - On My Water Quality Website
- Bioaccumulation of Pollutants in California Waters
A Review of Historic Data and Assessment of Impacts on Fishing and Aquatic Life – October 2007
- State Mussel Watch (SMW) and Toxic Substances Monitoring (TSM) Program Publications
Information about “historic” tissue monitoring, 1976 – 2003
- Characterization of the rocky intertidal ecological communities associated with southern California Areas of Special Biological Significance - May 2012
- Assessing water quality in Marine Protected Areas from Southern California, USA - 2011
- Status of California’s Marine Water Quality Protected Areas - September 2010
- Water Boards' Performance Report 2011 - Are our Aquatic Ecosystems Healthy?
This section includes information about toxicity in some of our coastal areas.
- Watershed-scale Evaluation of Agricultural BMP Effectiveness in Protecting Critical Coastal Habitats - April 2010
- Pilot Study Areas of Special Biological Significance - Winter 2007–2008
- National Coastal Condition Report III (2008) (USEPA Link)
Constituents of Emerging Concern
Healthy Streams Partnership
- California Integrated Assessment of Watershed Health: A Report on the Status and Vulnerability of Watershed Health in California, 2013. Prepared by the Cadmus Group, Inc., and the California Healthy Streams Partnership for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA-841-R-14-003. November 2013. 118 pp.
- Co-occurrence of Pesticides and Aquatic Species, 2012; Breuer, R., D. Denton, W.M. Williams, C.G. Hoogeweg and M. Zhang. Prioritizing Research Needs for Threatened and Endangered Species in California Watersheds, Chapter 22; American Chemical Society (ACS) Symposium Series 1111
- Bacteria Monitoring Inventory of California's Freshwater Beaches – March 2008
- Screening California Surface Waters for Estrogenic Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EEDC) with a Juvenile Rainbow Trout Liver Vitellogenin mRNA Procedure - October 2006
- From the Water Boards' Performance Report 2011 - Are our Aquatic Ecosystems Healthy?
Toxicity in some of our streams, rivers, lakes, and coastal areas summarized in a map presentation.
- Toxicity in California Waters - Complete report of nine years of toxicity testing data collected by SWAMP and partner programs - October 2011
- Toxicity in California Waters, Regional Toxicity Reports - August 2012
- Statewide Investigation of the Role of Pyrethroid Pesticide in Sediment Toxicity in California's Urban Waterways - August 2008
- Toxicity Testing and Toxicity Identification Evaluation Final Report - April 2007
- The Status of Perennial Estuarine Wetlands in the State of California, Sept 2008 (Full Report) | Fact Sheet
- California Wetlands Portal - On My Water Quality Website
- 2014 SWAMP Review: In 2014 SWAMP conducted an internal programmatic review to evaluate program functions and effectiveness, and to recommend actions to ensure the program's continued success
- 2010 SWAMP Strategy: Update to the SWAMP’s Comprehensive Monitoring and Assessment Strategy to Protect and Restore California’s Water Quality – December 2010
- 2010 SWAMP Strategy (full report with appendices)
- 2010 SWAMP Strategy (report only)
- 2005 SWAMP Strategy: This was SWAMP’s 5-7 year “business plan” – October 2005
- Review of California’s Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program: Final report from the external Scientific Planning and Review Committee (SPARC) – May 2006
- Science Support for the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program by R. Hoenicke, S. Lowe, and J. Davis of the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) – April 2008
- State Water Board's 2000 Report to the Legislature proposing a ‘Comprehensive Ambient Surface Water Quality Monitoring Program’
- SWAMP Fact Sheets
- SWAMP Brochure
- SWAMP Monitor Newsletters
- SWAMP Posters
- Program Goals and Vision
- California Monitoring and Assessment Program (CMAP) for Perennial Streams
- (SWAMP) San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) 2004
- San Francisco Bay RWQCB Seasonal Water Temperature Study (Summer 2005)
- A Rapid Trash Assessment Applied to Waters for the San Francisco Bay Region: Trash Measurement in Streams (2004)