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 Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, the California Department of Public Health, and the Department of Water Resources to reduce human exposure to mercury from eating contaminated fish. Some fish 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
- Creating multilingual educational materials