The Upper Merced River Watershed Council was established in 2001 through a watershed coordinator grant awarded to the Mariposa County Resource Conservation District. The Council recruited stakeholders and partners, identified Watershed needs, and formulated a work plan for the watershed. In 2008, it gained 501(c)3 status as a nonprofit organization. The Council does not own or manage any land or water. It brings partners together for planning, education, stewardship, and collaborative assessment and restoration projects.
The mission of the Upper Merced River Watershed Council is to work with stakeholders, individuals and organizations to protect and enhance the natural, economic, and cultural resources of the Watershed through education, community-based projects, responsible planning, and stewardship.