Keep the Merced River a Wild and Scenic River
There have been ongoing attempts to remove the Wild and Scenic designation from the Merced River. In March 2013, Congressman Tom McClintock introduced HR 934 to rollback this protection from the river. Yosemite Area Audubon Society opposes all efforts to de-designate the Merced River.
The Yosemite Area Audubon has voted to oppose the raising of Lake McClure. We are concerned about the potential flooding of a designated segment of the Wild and Scenic Merced River. In addition, we are concerned about the negative impacts that flooding a portion of the wild and scenic Merced River would have on wildlife.
We urge our members and friends as well as other Audubon Society chapters and organizations to oppose this bill and any others that would remove this designation from the Merced.
Read the text of Yosemite Area Audubon Society's letter here.
Read the full text of HR 934 here.
The Merced River in February - Yosemite National Park (Photo Megan Ralph)