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www.sfei.org   •   December  •   2020
Dear friends and colleagues,

In this very challenging year, we’ve witnessed a number of science achievements. Some have been led by SFEI. For instance, we co-authored a landmark study to finally resolve a decades-long mystery regarding the cause of high mortality rates among coho salmon. Covered broadly across multiple media platforms from the New York Times to CNN, this peer-reviewed journal article featured SFEI doing what it does best: helping to inform decision-making by advancing scientific knowledge.

SFEI has also forged new territory in mapping critical wetland resources in the Delta and outer coast of California with funding by US EPA and the California Ocean Protection Council. We're also mapping Bay Area shoreline areas vulnerable to groundwater rise, while identifying a host of new risks to people and infrastructure from this misunderstood threat.

These are truly unprecedented and challenging times. So we are especially grateful for the work of colleagues like you. If you support these scientific strides, we invite you to make a donation below.

Together, we can make 2021 a triumph for science and the people who depend on our insights.

Sincerely,


Warner Chabot
Executive Director
San Francisco Estuary Institute

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Tire Toxicant a Culprit in Salmon Murder Mystery

San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) scientists collaborated in a study that identified the chemical that for decades has been causing adult coho salmon mortality in urban streams in the Puget Sound region. The chemical, 6PPD-quinone, can wash into streams along with tire wear particles when it rains, and was detected at high levels in several Bay Area streams. The results of this investigation were published in the prestigious journal Science, and received media coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the Sacramento Bee, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and other news outlets.

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Coordinated Mapping: How to Bring Multiple Efforts Together for the Common Good

SFEI is coordinating the mapping for two inventories of surface waters, wetlands, and other aquatic resources. One effort, funded by US EPA, addresses a complex need to classify the various aquatic resources in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Another project, funded by the California Ocean Protection Council, measures the extent of wetlands along California’s coast. Both efforts leverage partnerships across numerous organizations and agencies. And both will apply the California Aquatic Resource Inventory (CARI) standardized mapping methods.

After both are complete, the final map will be integrated into EcoAtlas to be made publicly available.

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