Delta Mercury Exposure Reduction Program (MERP)

The Delta Mercury Exposure Reduction Program (Delta MERP) is a collaborative effort of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, the California Department of Public Health, and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board to reduce human exposure from eating contaminated fish. Some fish that are caught in the Delta, and other water bodies in the State, contain elevated levels of mercury. While fish is a highly nutritious food, it is important to limit or avoid the types of fish that are high in mercury. MERP activities include convening a stakeholder advisory group, implementing outreach and education projects, developing signs in the Delta and developing multilingual educational materials.

Community Stakeholder Group Meetings

The next Community Stakeholder Group Meeting is on May 17, 2017 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center in Galt. Previous meetings have been held in Oakley, Stockton, West Sacramento, Fairfield, and Walnut Grove. Meeting materials for upcoming and past meetings can be found here.

Advisories for the Delta

To protect public health, fish consumption advisories have been issued for the Delta. These advisories are issued by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and provide guidance on the specific types and amount of Delta fish that can be eaten safely. Please see below for the current advisories and translations of the advisories to Chinese (Traditional), Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Laotian and Hmong.

Central and South Delta Advisory

Central and South Delta Advisory

Download advisories (various languages):

English One-page Format Fold-out Format
Chinese One-page Format Fold-out Format
Russian One-page Format Fold-out Format
Spanish One-page Format Fold-out Format
Tagalog One-page Format Fold-out Format
Vietnamese One-page Format Fold-out Format
Laotian One-page Format Fold-out Format
Hmong One-page Format Fold-out Format
Khmer One-page Format Fold-out Format

Sacramento River and Northern Delta Advisory

Sacramento and North Delta Advisory

Download advisories (various languages):

English One-page Format Fold-out Format
Chinese One-page Format Fold-out Format
Russian One-page Format Fold-out Format
Spanish One-page Format Fold-out Format
Tagalog One-page Format Fold-out Format
Vietnamese One-page Format Fold-out Format
Laotian One-page Format Fold-out Format
Hmong One-page Format Fold-out Format
Khmer One-page Format Fold-out Format

San Joaquin River Advisory

San Joaquin River Advisory

Download advisories (various languages):

English One-page Format Fold-out Format
Chinese One-page Format Fold-out Format
Russian One-page Format Fold-out Format
Spanish One-page Format Fold-out Format
Tagalog One-page Format Fold-out Format
Vietnamese One-page Format Fold-out Format
Laotian One-page Format Fold-out Format
Hmong One-page Format Fold-out Format
Khmer One-page Format Fold-out Format

California Department of Public HealthCalifornia Water BoardsSacramento - San Joaquin Delta Conservancy