Russian River Regional Monitoring Program

Russian River

R3MP is a science-based planning effort convened by public agencies and watershed stakeholders to develop a coordinated regional monitoring program for the Russian River watershed.

About the R3MP

The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board) is calling for the development of a Regional Monitoring Program of best available independent science to inform and coordinate environmental regulatory and management decisions throughout the Russian River Watershed.

The Russian River Regional Monitoring Program (R3MP) will be developed in phases. During Phase 1, a Steering Committee was convened to guide the development of the R3MP’s governance framework, priority management questions, and the first iteration of the R3MP Charter. A list of funding models was also drafted to identify potential funding sources for implementing the program. Phase 1 was completed in March 2019.

Phase 2 will start by honing in on specific management questions for implementing regional monitoring within the Russian River watershed, with a focus on ambient ecological condition monitoring to support a watershed based approach to condition assessments and regulatory compliance (e.g. Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits). This phase can realize adaptive management by updating and implementing a sampling design; protocols for data collection, sharing, analysis, and management; guidelines for data interpretation; and by producing a public report of findings and public agency responses.

Subsequent phases can broaden the R3MP to support additional regulatory and management programs, subject to Steering Committee advice and review. The anticipated functions and benefits of the R3MP include, but are not limited to:

  • Improved protection of aquatic resources and their beneficial uses;

  • Coordinated, inter‐agency adaptive watershed management;

  • Maximized value and minimized costs of environmental data;

  • Robust assessment of baseline conditions and trends;

  • Evaluation of project and program effectiveness;

  • Improved data access and visualization;

  • Improved public outreach and reporting.

Governance Documents

Other Information

R3MP Event Calendar

This calendar features:

  • Steering Committee meetings

  • Technical Advisory Committee meetings

  • Topic Specific Workgroup meetings

Data Access and Tools

Public access to monitoring data and reports is a key goal for the R3MP. We envision that data and information will flow between the R3MP delivery system and other systems. Dashboards can be developed to summarize information for particular programs, user-defined areas of the watershed, or for the watershed as whole.

Several projects have uploaded water quality monitoring data to the California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN) and the Regional Data Center (RDC). Those data are available through CEDEN or the Contaminant Data Display and Download Tool (CD3), which is a map-based interactive website to access publically available monitoring data.

The R3MP Watershed Atlas is a beta version of a customized data access website that displays existing, public domain data layers, that displays regional monitoring sites (and in some cases allows monitoring data to be downloaded) for NPDES permittees, SWAMP, post-fire water quality monitoring studies, North Coast TMDL monitoring, and other studies whose data have been uploaded to CEDEN.