What is the S.A.F.E. Plan?

The State Water Resources Control Board has launched a misguided plan that will harm salmon fisheries, small generational family farms and the groundwater supply used by several small disadvantaged communities in the San Joaquin Valley. The Merced Irrigation District is proposing an alternative comprehensive approach: The Merced River S.A.F.E. Plan (Salmon, Agriculture, Flows, and Environment) provides certainty for both the environment and for local water supply in Eastern Merced County.


The S.a.f.e. Plan Will Immediately:

Increase the flow of water moving down the Merced River…

Restore sections of habitat for spawning and rearing juvenile salmon on the Merced River…

Upgrade existing Salmon Hatchery with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

Increases salmonid survival by reducing predation…



State Water Resources Control Board Plan

The plan being prepared by the SWRCB requires that significantly more water flow down the Merced River and away from our community. Our community has reasonably used – and depended on – this water for more than 140 years. The purported benefit for the new water diversion is for salmon and wildlife in the Bay Delta. The modifications would have tremendous and unavoidable economic, water quality, and supply impacts to several small disadvantaged communities.


Merced River S.A.F.E. Plan

There is something for all stakeholders in the Merced River S.A.F.E. Plan. The alternative is years of bogged-down legal and regulatory battles. MID has spent millions of dollars undertaking the most intense and in-depth scientific research on the Merced River that exists. In the decades of research that have been funded, MID has studied flows, temperatures, biological resources and habitats in a holistic approach. MID is poised to put this research into action – NOW!

Based on in-depth science and technologically advanced computer modeling, MID seeks to take immediate action and dramatically benefit salmon on the Merced River. The comprehensive actions would increase flows, decrease predation and restore miles of critical spawning and rearing habitat previously damaged by historic mechanical dredge mining.