RIVER-WIDE BIOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT COMPLETED
The two-year river-wide biological survey has been completed by Stillwater Sciences of Berkeley, California, as part of a Merced River Alliance Project. The data provided by this study will establish an initial baseline for future restoration and management actions. Read Stillwater's 2008 Final Report.
WATER BUGS ARE ALIVE AND WELL! RESULTS ARE IN FROM 2007 MONITORING
In October, 2007, under a grant from the Sierra Nevada Alliance, specially trained volunteer monitors collected nearly 2,000 benthic macroinvertebrates (BMI) from four sites in the watershed. Our river is alive and well, according to the results received last summer following months of tedious laboratory analysis of those samples.
Different organisms tolerate different temperatures, oxygen levels, and other conditions, so the species identified in a section of river or stream can provide an assessment of water quality. The presence of three groups of BMI in particular, stoneflies, mayflies, and caddisflies, tell us that the Upper Merced River water is healthy!
Results from the 2008 monitoring of the same sites confirmed another year of the same good news and establish a solid baseline of data.
MERCED RIVER CENTER AT BRICEBURG
Terry McLaughlin, Education Coordinator for the Upper Merced River Watershed Council, is directing the project that creates the Merced River Center at Briceburg. Here Comes Mabon Construction has upgraded and opened the space for more efficient use in showcasing the Merced River Canyon.
The new design accommodates training for watershed volunteers as well as the Council's outstanding informational presentations. Community groups. The Bureau of Land Management's historic Briceburg Visitor Center, which has also served over the years as a restaurant, gas station, and store, has been renovated through a grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.ps are invited and encouraged to use the space as well. Mariposa County High School art students created a mural at the center showing an underwater river view.
In 2009, National Park Service rangers joined the Bureau of Land Management in staffing the center to provide extended hours of summer operation.
Improved signage and stellar interpretive displays are planned with the goal of bringing more local residents and visitors to a better understanding of the human and natural history of the watershed.
Watch for updates!