1997 Flood Recovery
The January 1997 flood was the largest experienced in Yosemite by this generation. The water volume of the Merced River reached 24,600 cubic feet per second, the highest flow in 80 years of recording. We know there have been three other floods of similar magnitude since 1937. The primary flood recovery objective was to restore facilities and operations in a way that would prevent destruction from future high water events. Secondly, the park wanted to make sure that flood recovery projects were compatible with the park's long range vision as defined in the 1980 General Management Plan.
Documents pertaining to the 1997 Flood Recovery:
Did You Know?
The Merced River above Nevada Fall and South Fork Merced River above Wawona, numerous small meadows and adjacent riparian habitats occur. Owing their existence to the river and its annual flooding, these habitats help support eight special status animal species: harlequin ducks, black swifts, bald eagles, osprey, willow flycatchers, yellow warbler, western red bat, and Sierra Nevada mountain beaver.