This week I received a printed and bound copy of the “Merced Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement.” Whew, that’s a mouthful. It arrived in 3 volumes resembling big city phone books. It spans 2500 pages and sits about 7 inches high. I’d guess 15 pounds. Kudos to the team that put it together.
Close to 100 people are acknowledged as having contributed. They amassed a ton (almost literally) of information. But they also produced a manageable 18 page summary since they know no one is going to sit down with a cup of tea and read the whole enchilada. I guess since this will be the document (once approved) that will be the guiding document for the next 20 years, they took great pains to cover it all.
There were six alternatives that were studied. The NPS preferred #5 and if past track records are any indication, the preferred usually become the winner. Public comments are always factored in and another alternative could be chosen. I will try to pick out salient elements of the plan and focus on the preferred alternative. #5 is officially called “Enhanced Visitor Experience and Essential Riverbank Restoration.” I scanned it and there will be some big changes along Merced as it meanders through the Valley. More in future blogs as I digest it.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
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