Merced River

Merced River in Yosemite Valley

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The Merced River is a river in the U.S. state of California. He is a 180 km long tributary of the San Joaquin River. The Merced River rises in the southern part of Yosemite National Park and then flows through the Yosemite Valley. A large part of its water is collected in two dams, the New Exchequer Dam, which forms Lake McClure, and the Crocker - Huffman Diversion Dam. The scanty remnant of the river then opens into the San Joaquin River.

The course of the Merced in Yosemite National Park is designated as a National Wild and Scenic River. The management of the river in this section is subject to long -standing disputes and Served procedure. Conservationists complain that the park administration to damage by tourist facilities and uses the ecological and scenic value of the river.

In February 2014, a new management plan for the river section in Yosemite Valley was presented, which provides a limit on the daily number of visitors in the valley for the first time. In addition, around 80 ha shore area are being restored and removed at about 2000m shoreline water blocks.