Stewardship Programs

The Lower Merced River is a valuable natural resource with many beneficial uses.  The Lower Merced River Stewardship Program works with landowners, individuals, schools, groups and organizations to monitor and improve the health of the river, water supply and water quality.


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Clean Water Team


The Clean Water Team monitors the health of the Lower Merced River through water quality testing, collecting and studying aquatic insects (bio assessment), making visual observations of river conditions and habitat, and performing trash assessments.


Members of the Clean Water Team receive training in monitoring and assessment protocols and participate in regularly scheduled field days.


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River Clean Up


River Cleanup activities are held throughout the year.  Volunteers collect trash and debris from the channel and shores of the Merced River and perform trash surveys.  On the water river cleanup in canoes and kayaks is one of the most popular volunteer activities.


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Ecosystem Enhancement


Ecosystem enhancement seeks to improve Merced River habitat by creating functional ecosystems.  Volunteers remove invasive plants and plant native trees, shrubs and grasses that will benefit wildlife and create riparian buffer zones of vegetation.


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Welcome to the EMRCD!
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The EMRCD is a not-for-profit, special district 170(c)(1), that solely operates on donations, grants, contracts and special fundraising events. It is governed by a Board of Directors, and quality staff, to ensure all community-based efforts help Merced County.


In accordance with California SB 272, the EMRCD provides a list of “enterprise” systems that are used across multiple departments or that contain information collected about the public and are systems that serve as original sources of data within an agency. The enterprise catalog can be viewed by clicking here.

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Address: 2926 G. Street Merced, CA 95340