MERP Information and Meetings

Program Information

To learn more about MERP, please view the following:

Program Background

The Contaminants in Fish from California Lakes and Reservoirs, 2007-2008 report (PDF link) presents the largest study on contaminants in fish ever conducted in California, with data on 272 of California’s more than 9,000 lakes and reservoirs. It provides information to help prioritize lakes in need of further study, develop consumption guidelines and cleanup plans, and learn about the degree of contamination of different fishing spots.

The Delta Methylmercury Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) (web link) is a comprehensive pollution control plan to identify the amount of a pollutant that a water body can hold and still be safe for use by humans and wildlife. The Delta Methylmercury TMDL was adopted by the Regional Board on April 22, 2010, and approved by the State Water Resources Control Board and the California Office of Administrative Law, and includes a control program to reduce methylmercury and inorganic mercury in the Delta. 

MERP Stakeholder Meetings

The MERP Program team conducted 10 Community Stakeholder Meetings in different areas of the Delta region to foster collaboration, and provide a public opportunity for communication regarding the Delta MERP Program.

Other Resources

For more information on fish consumption advisories and safe eating guidelines, visit the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s webpage on safe eating advisories (web link).

For water quality and other information addressing questions about toxic chemicals in fish and shellfish, visit the California Water Quality Monitoring Council’s Safe to Eat portal (web link).