The Merced River, with its headwaters in Yosemite National Park, is recognized as a Wild and Scenic River. Stillwater Sciences has been involved in restoration and monitoring efforts in the Merced River since 1999. We began by establishing the Merced River Stakeholder Group and Technical Advisory Committee for the lower 52 miles. This group oversaw and provided input into developing the Merced River Corridor Restoration Plan [report, pdf, 42M], also focused on the lower watershed.
Site-specific assessments and restoration implementation
We have conducted several site-specific assessments and pilot projects along the lower Merced River corridor over the past 10 years as part of restoration planning and implementation. These include:
Watershed-scale baseline monitoring
Stillwater just finished conducting a multi-year biological assessment of the entire watershed, compiling and synthesizing existing biological data and creating over 120 miles of GIS aquatic habitat maps. This effort also included multi-season monitoring of fish, birds, and aquatic macroinvertebrates. This is the first comprehensive assessment of species composition along both the upper and lower watersheds.
Merced River, Merced County, California
California Bay-Delta Authority Ecosystem Restoration Program (CALFED)
East Merced Resource Conservation District
State Water Resources Control Board
URS Corp., KSN Inc., River Partners, Frontier Geosciences, Slotten and Ayers [UC Davis], Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Geomatrix, Inc., and McBain & Trush