Tomales Bay Mercury TMDL

Tomales Bay is listed on the Clean Water Act 303(d) list of impaired water bodies for mercury. The biggest anthropogenic source of mercury to Tomales Bay is the former Gambonini mercury mine, which was cleaned up in 2000.  As a result, mercury concentrations at the Walker Creek Delta in Tomales Bay, downstream of the mine have decreased. Additional implementation actions are underway as a result of the Walker Creek watershed mercury TMDL, particularly the grazing waiver (also required by the Tomales Bay pathogens TMDL). Therefore, the TMDL does not require new management actions.

Status and Public Notices

View of Tomales Bay and the Walker Creek delta

Adopted Resolution and Supporting Documents

Technical Documents


The Bay is located in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and is renowned for its wildlife, fishery and shellfish. In their stewardship plan, the Tomales Bay Watershed Council describes:

Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, invertebrates and plants, and many threatened and endangered species inhabit the watershed, which is also an important foraging and haul out site for marine mammals and over-wintering area and migratory stop along the Pacific Flyway for many species of birds, including approximately 20,000 shorebirds and 22,000-25,000 waterfowl.

For More Information Contact:

Gerardo Martinez
Water Resource Control Engineer
San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
1515 Clay St., Suite 1400
Phone: (510) 622-1015
Fax: (510) 622-2460