Merced River Plan ~ document archive
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Merced River Plan History and Archive: The NPS prepared the initial Merced Wild and Scenic River Plan in August 2000. After multiple lawsuits and litigations on March 27, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion expanding the scope of what the NPS had previously understood must be included in a legally valid Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan.
Did You Know?
In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.