This annual self-monitoring report provides the results of the 2010 water quality monitoring and applied studies conducted at the Alviso Ponds in Santa Clara County, California. The report also provides updates of South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project (Project) Phase 1 activities and Phase 2 planning efforts. In previous years, this annual report has been submitted to the California Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board) to comply with the Self-Monitoring Program (SMP) as described in the Final Order (No. R2-2008-0078). This year, the report will also be submitted to NOAAQs National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) because we have included additional fisheries monitoring conducted as part of the Science ProgramQs Applied Studies, which are intended to fill the most important gaps in our knowledge about South San Francisco Bay (South Bay) ecosystem.

It is anticipated that both water quality and fisheries information will help the Water Board and NMFS: 1) provide guidance to the Project on future applied studies and monitoring; and 2) assist in identifying emerging key uncertainties and management decisions required to keep the Project on track toward its restoration objectives.