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Merced Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement

The Draft Merced River Plan/EIS was released on January 8, 2013. Originally, the 100-day comment period was slated to close on April 18, 2013. In response to several requests for an extension, the comment period was extended through April 30, 2013. The NPS hosted ten public meetings and four webinars. The NPS received 4,098 individual unique correspondences and 25,302 form letters.

Date

Format

Size

Title

January 2013

PDF

32.4 MB Volume 1: Chapters 1-8
January 2013

PDF

24 MB Volume 2A: Chapter 9
January 2013

PDF

13.1 MB Volume 2B: Chapters 9 (continued)-13
January 2013

PDF

31.5 MB Appendices: A through O
March 2013

PDF

85 kb Errata
January 2013

PDF

16.7 MB Summary Guide
March 2014

PDF

92 MB
Public Comments
 

Draft Merced River Plan/EIS Public Meeting Documents

The Draft Merced River Plan/EIS was released on January 8, 2013. The NPS hosted ten public meetings and four webinars.

Date

Format

Size

Title

March 26, 2013
PDF 10.2 MB
Merced River Draft Plan: Groveland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles meeting slides
March 15, 2013
PDF 10 MB
Merced River Draft Plan: Wawona meeting slides
March 14, 2013
PDF 9.7 MB
Merced River Draft Plan: Oakhurst meeting slides
March 7, 2013
PDF 7.5 MB
Merced River Draft Plan: Mariposa meeting slides
March 6, 2013
PDF 7.5 MB
Merced River Draft Plan: El Portal meeting slides
Feb. 27, 2013
PDF 7.3 MB
Merced River Draft Plan slides at Yosemite Valley Open House
Feb. 27, 2013
PDF 635 kb
MRP socioeconomic public meeting slides or view recorded webinar (1 hour 55 minutes)
Feb. 27, 2013
PDF 6.6 MB
Public Meeting Posterboard: Alternative 6
Feb. 27, 2013
PDF 16.9 MB
Public Meeting Posterboard: Alternative 5 Site Drawings
Feb. 27, 2013
PDF 14.6 MB
Public Meeting Posterboard: Alternative 5 Maps
Feb. 27, 2013
PDF 6 MB
Public Meeting Posterboard: Alternative 5 (Preferred)
Feb. 27, 2013
PDF 6.5 MB
Public Meeting Posterboard: Alternative 4
Feb. 27, 2013
PDF 5.8 MB
Public Meeting Posterboard: Alternative 3
Feb. 27, 2013
PDF 5.8 MB
Public Meeting Posterboard: Alternative 2
Feb. 27, 2013
PDF 4 MB
Public Meeting Posterboard: Common to Alts 2-6
Feb. 27, 2013
PDF 5.5 MB
Public Meeting Posterboard: Public Engagement
Feb. 27, 2013
PDF 5.9 MB
Public Meeting Posterboard: WSRA
Feb. 15, 2013
PDF 142 kb
Draft Yosemite Valley parking inventory
Feb. 14, 2013
PDF 5 MB
User Capacity and Visitation webinar slides [5 MB PDF] or view recorded webinar (1 hour 10 minutes)
Feb. 7, 2013
PDF 13.5 MB
Protecting and Enhancing River Values webinar slides or view recorded webinar (1 hour and 14 minutes)
Feb. 5, 2013
PDF 11.4 MB
Preferred Alternative webinar slides or view recorded webinar (1 hour 25 minutes)
Jan. 8, 2013
PDF 150 kb
Fact Sheet: Restoration
Jan. 8, 2013
PDF 198 kb
Fact Sheet: Camping
Jan. 8, 2013
PDF 184 kb
Fact Sheet: Parking and Traffic Circulation
Jan. 8, 2013
PDF 179 kb
Fact Sheet: Visitor Use and User Capacity
Jan. 8, 2013
PDF 180 kb
Fact Sheet: Overview of the Alternatives
Jan. 8, 2013
PDF 228 kb
Fact Sheet: Preferred Alternative
Jan. 8, 2013 PDF 171 kb
Fact Sheet: National Environmental Policy Act
Jan. 8, 2013 PDF

183 kb

Fact Sheet: The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
 

References and Research

Date

Format

Size

Title

September 2012

PDF

44.7 MB Merced Wild and Scenic River Values Final Baseline Conditions Report
February 2014

PDF

6.3 MB User Capacity and Recreation Site Modeling for Yosemite Valley
May 2011

PDF

2.1 MB Yosemite Valley Groundwater Assessment
June 2011

PDF

4.7 MB Wildlife Special Status Species
June 2011

PDF

15 MB El Portal Historic Resources Survey
May 2011

PDF

11.5 MB Special Status Plant Species Survey
April 2011 (updated 2012)

PDF

12.7 MB Meadow Conditions Assessment
April 2011

PDF

I2.9 MB Informal Trail Monitoring
March 2011

PDF

8.5 MB Floodplain Modeling: Mapping of Merced River
March 2011

PDF

17.5 MB Floodplain Maps: El Portal
March 2011

PDF

24.1 MB Floodplain Maps: Wawona
Instream Flow Requirements on the South Fork (link to abstract with full report available for purchase from publisher)
July 2012

PDF

6 MB Boats, Beaches, and river Banks: Visitor Evaluations of Recreation on the Merced River
2013

PDF

11.5 MB Hydraulic and Geomorphic Assessment of the Merced River and Historic Bridges in Eastern Yosemite Valley
June 2012

PDF

16.3 MB Merced River and Riparian Vegetation Assessment
April 2012

PDF

8 MB Geologic Hazard and Risk Assessment in Yosemite Valley
Aug. 8, 2012 PDF 7 MB Preliminary Feasibility Assessment to Transition Yosemite National Park bus Operations and Maintenance to the NPS Valley Garage
May 6, 1998 PDF 9.1 MB Hydrologic and Hydraulic Investigation for Proposed Campgrounds in Yosemite National Park, CA
1994 PDF 7.4 MB "Analysis of Bank Erosion on the Merced River, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA," Environmental Management Journal, Vol. 18 No.2, M.A. Madej, W.E. Weaver, and D.K. Hagans, 1994
 

Public Presentations from Summer 2012

After the spring 2012 workshops, the Yosemite Planning Division engaged the public through webinars, public meetings, and the release of documents.

Date

Format

Size

Title

Aug. 2, 2012 PowerPoint slides "Protection and Enhancement of Outstandingly Remarkable Values" PowerPoint slides link available on Public Meetings webpage
July 24, 2012 Recorded presentation

"Rock-fall Hazard and Risk Assessment in Yosemite Valley" recorded presentation link available on Public Meetings webpage
 

Preliminary Alternatives Concepts Workshops

The MRP Spring 2012 Preliminary Alternative Concepts Workshops were aimed to allow participants to examine a range of potential visitor experiences designed to be protective of river values. The final plan will guide the care and protection of the Merced River for the next 15 to 20 years. A workbook helped prepare the public to attend one of our four public workshops and two webinars. The workbook is formatted for 11 x 17 paper but will print at 8.5 x 11. To print letter size, select "Fit to Paper" in the print dialog box.

Date

Format

Size

Title

June 15, 2012 PDF 761 kb Wawona Meeting Notes
June 15, 2012 JPEG

2.9 MB
2 MB

Yosemite Valley Meeting Notes, Board 1
Yosemite Valley Meeting Notes, Board 2
June 15, 2012 JPEG 3.2 MB
1.9 MB
San Francisco Meeting Notes, Board 1
San Francisco Meeting Notes, Board 2
June 15, 2012 JPEG 3.1 MB
2.5 MB
El Portal Meeting Notes, Board 1
El Portal Meeting Notes, Board 2
May 29, 2012 PDF 2.3 MB Public Comments: Spring 2012 Planning Workbook
April 13, 2012
Recording of April 11 Webinar
April 12, 2012
PDF 1.3 MB
Site Plan Concept for El Portal Village Center
April 12, 2012
PDF 2.6 MB
Site Plan Concept for El Portal Employee Housing
April 9, 2012
PDF 8.9 MB
Preliminary Alternative Concepts Public Workshop Presentation Slides
April 9, 2012
PDF 343 kb
Icon Graphic: Alternative Concepts at a Glance
April 3, 2012
PDF 2.1 MB
Poster Display Board Overview
April 3, 2012
PDF 1.7 MB
Poster Display Board for Concept 1
April 3, 2012
PDF 1.5 MB
Poster Display Board for Concept 2
April 3, 2012
PDF 2 MB
Poster Display Board for Concept 3
April 3, 2012
PDF 1.4 MB
Poster Display Board for Concept 4
April 3, 2012
PDF 1.5 MB
Poster Display Board for Concept 5
April 2, 2012
PDF 360 kb
Alternative Concepts Workbook Errata Sheet
April 2, 2012
Recording of March 27 Webinar
March 19, 2012
PDF 6 MB
Preliminary Alternative Concepts Workbook

March 19, 2012
PDF 3 MB
Preliminary Alternative Concepts Comment Form
Feb. 24, 2012

PDF

1.3 MB Preliminary Alternative Concepts Fact Sheet
Feb. 24, 2012

PDF

1.4 MB Preliminary Alternative Concepts Spring 2012 Flyer
 

Merced Wild and Scenic River Planning Workbook and Workshops

In 2011, workshops were held to identify options to protect river values. The Merced Wild and Scenic River Planning Workbook (fillable form version) was intended to help you prepare for the workshops. The workbook is formatted for 11 x 17 paper but will print at 8.5 x 11. To print at letter size, select Fit to Paper in the print dialog box.

Date

Format

Size

Title

Jan. 30, 2012

PDF

2.4 MB Public Comments From Fall 2011 Planning Workbook
Jan. 27, 2012

PDF

6.3 MB El Portal Public Meeting Summary Report
Jan. 27, 2012

PDF

6.3 MB Wawona Public Meeting Summary Report
Jan. 27, 2012

PDF

5.3 MB Yosemite Valley Public Meeting #1 Summary Report
Jan. 27, 2012

PDF

8.3 MB Yosemite Valley Public Meeting #2 Summary Report
Jan. 27, 2012

PDF

7 MB San Francisco Public Meeting Summary Report
Oct. 2011

PDF

3.3 MB Flyer with list of all meetings
Sept. 2011

PDF

2.4 MB Alternatives Fact Sheet
 
Spring 2011 Science Forum and Workshops
Yosemite National Park's Merced River Plan (MRP) team hosted a series of workshops and a science forum in the spring of 2011. These workshops were a chance to find out more about the conditions of the river's Outstandingly Remarkable Values (ORVs) and management considerations that need to be addressed in a successful Merced River Plan. The workshops focused on transportation, user capacity, and the Merced River's ORVs.
 
Date
Time
Topic
Location
Apr 22, 2011
1-4 p.m.
Hydrology/Biology/Geology
Yosemite Lodge - Garden Terrace
Apr 26, 2011
1-4 p.m.
Transportation
Yosemite Lodge - Garden Terrace
Apr 27, 2011
1-4 p.m.
Cultural Resources
Yosemite Valley Auditorium
Apr 29, 2011
8 a.m.-
4:30 p.m.
User Capacity
Yosemite Lodge - Garden Terrace
May 13,
2011
9a.m.-2 p.m.
Science Forum
Yosemite Lodge - Garden Terrace
May 25,
2011
1-4 p.m.
Recreation
Yosemite Valley Auditorium

 

General documents and updates

Date

Format

Size

Title

Oct. 2011

PDF

4.9 MB

Public Involvement Roadmap

Oct. 2011

PDF

3.3 MB

MRP Fall Workshop Flyer

Oct. 2011

PDF

2.4 MB

Fact Sheet - Alternatives Development

May 11, 2011

PDF

46 kb

DRAFT Goals of the MRP

Mar 11, 2011

PDF

1,496 kb

Public Involvement Roadmap

 

Outstandingly Remarkable Values (ORVs)

Date

Format

Size

Title

September 2012

PDF

44.7 MB

Merced Wild and Scenic River Values Final Baseline Conditions Report

May 6, 2011

PDF

46 kb

Draft Baseline Conditions Report Public Comments

April 8, 2011

PDF

14.5 MB

Merced Wild and Scenic River Values Draft Baseline Conditions Report

April 8, 2011

PDF

23.4 MB

Draft Baseline Conditions Report Chapter 2.1 Map

April 8, 2011

PDF

16.6 MB

Draft Baseline Conditions Report Chapter 2.2 Map

April 8, 2011

PDF

7.6 MB

Draft Baseline Conditions Report Chapter 2.3 Map

April 8, 2011

PDF

19.1 MB

Draft Baseline Conditions Report Chapter 2.4 Map

April 8, 2011

PDF

7.0 MB

Draft Baseline Conditions Report Chapter 2.5 Map
May 31, 2011

PDF

142 kb

Revised Draft Outstandingly Remarkable Values

Jan 31, 2011

PDF

826 kb

Comparison of ORVs Over Time

Jan 31, 2011

PDF

572 kb

ORV Public Comment and Response Matrix

Jan. 31, 2011

PDF

859 kb

2010 ORV Public Comments

March 2010

PDF

12.5 MB

DRAFT 2010 ORV Report

March 2010

PDF

14.9 MB

DRAFT 2010 ORV Report (screen)

June 18, 2010

PDF

72 kb

Wawona public meeting notes

June 28, 2010

PDF

69 kb

San Ramon public meeting notes

June 29, 2010

PDF

75 kb

Fresno public meeting notes

Jun 30 2010

PDF

72 kb

Oakhurst public meeting notes

Jun 30 2010

PDF

70 kb

Yosemite Valley public meeting notes

Jul 01 2010

PDF

62 kb

Groveland public meeting notes

Jul 13 2010

PDF

56 kb

El Portal public meeting notes

 

Public Scoping

The first four documents below summarize the public comments received from 2007 through 2010 on the scope of the new Merced River Plan. The 2007 Public Scoping Comments and the 2009-2010 Public Scoping Comments are unedited compilations of all substantive comment letters the NPS received during those two scoping periods. The file entitled Merced River Plan Public Scoping Comment Summary summarizes the public comments received from both scoping periods; it is intended to be a guide to the major ideas submitted by the public. Comments pertaining to natural and cultural resource subjects were analyzed separately by park staff and are included in the Merced River Plan Public Scoping Comment Summary Supplement.

Date

Format

Size

Title

Feb. 4, 2011

PDF

396 kb

Public Scoping Comment Summary Supplement

Jan. 31, 2011

PDF

630 kb

Public Scoping Comment Summary

Jan. 31, 2011

PDF

1.3 MB

2007 Public Scoping Comments

Jan. 31, 2011

PDF

3.8 MB

2009-2010 Public Scoping Comments

March 2010

PDF

545 kb

DRAFT Public Scoping Report


PDF

1.9 MB

Participant Guide Public Scoping


PDF

145 kb

Fact Sheet Public Scoping


PDF

770 kb

Comment Form

Oct. 26, 2009
Oct. 27, 2009
Oct. 28, 2009
Nov. 2, 2009
Nov. 3, 2009
Nov. 4, 2009
Nov. 7, 2009
Nov. 9, 2009
Nov. 10, 2009
Nov. 16, 2009
Nov. 30, 2009
Dec. 2, 2009
Dec. 4, 2009
Jan. 27, 2010

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Oakhurst public meeting comments
Lee Vining public meeting comments
Yosemite Valley public meeting comments
Mariposa public meeting comments
Fresno public meeting comments
Groveland public meeting comments
El Portal public meeting comments
Sacramento public meeting comments
Berkeley public meeting comments
Los Angeles public meeting comments
El Portal public meeting comments
Yosemite Valley public meeting comments
Wawona public meeting comments
DNC public meeting comments

 

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, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion on March 27, 2008, 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.

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