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  Encyclopedia: Lake Merritt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Lake Merritt is a large body of (Click link for more info and facts about salt water) salt water that lies just east of downtown (Click link for more info and facts about Oakland, California) Oakland, California.
Originally, the 'lake' was a tidal estuary of (A bay of the Pacific in western California) San Francisco Bay.
From November through March the lake plays host to a very large population of (Large scaup of North America having a greenish iridescence on the head of the male) Greater Scaup and (Common scaup of North America; males have purplish heads) Lesser Scaup, who spend most of their time floating on water mostly just sleeping.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Lake-Merritt   (288 words)

  
 Lake Merritt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lake Merritt is a large tidal lagoon that lies just east of downtown Oakland, California.
In 1867, Dr. Samuel Merritt donated 155 acres (627,000 m²) of dammed tidal water from the headwaters of Indian Slough; it became known as "Merritt's Lake" and later Lake Merritt.
From November through March the lake plays host to a very large population of Greater Scaup and Lesser Scaup, who spend most of their time floating on the water, mostly just sleeping.
www.wikipedia.org /wiki/Lake_Merritt   (436 words)

  
 GOBLINKO: GOBLIN KOMPANY: THE LAKE MONSTER of LAKE MERRITT   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Lake Merritt was once a wide, tidal estuary or salt marsh known as Laguna Peralta after the doomed Peralta family.
The lake was later deepened by dredging, sections were filled in and finally a retaining wall was built around the perimeter to create the Lake Merritt that we now know.
The possibility of some kind of strange marine life in Lake Merritt cannot be discounted, for such a large lake in such a nice location, with plenty of fish and birds to eat, it is not unreasonable to believe something large and unusual may lurk in the waters.
www.goblinko.com /lakemonster/lakemonster.html   (560 words)

  
 Samuel Merritt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Samuel Merritt (1822-1890) was a successful San Francisco physician and also mayor of Oakland, California from 1867-69.
Merritt was originally from Maine, but moved to California.
In 1867, he donated 155 acres (627,000 m²) of dammed tidal water from the headwaters of Indian Slough, it became known as "Merritt's Lake" and later Lake Merritt.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Samuel_Merritt   (177 words)

  
 Merritt Lake
Merritt is a moderate size, very shallow lake in the Vermilion River drainage, 20¾ miles SSE of Crane Lake and 24¾ miles WNW of Ely.
The forest surrounding Merritt was hit with some heavy, scattered blowdown as a result of the Independence Day windstorms of 1999, including the eastern half of the Trout Lake portage and portions of the northwestern and southwestern shorelines.
Merritt is something of a dead end destination, connected only to the huge expanse of Trout, whose waters separate it from the rest of the BWCA.
www.rook.org /earl/bwca/lakes/lakes1/merritt.html   (188 words)

  
 Merritt Community Capital Corporation
Merritt Community Capital Corporation (originally the Community Alliance for Syndicated Housing, Inc.) was formed in 1989 to provide corporate equity capital to housing developments built by non-profit corporations to serve the housing needs of low-income residents.
Merritt Capital continues to balance its investment portfolio with respect to geography and risk by diversifying acquisitions throughout the state of California, increasing the number of investments with experienced developers and using conservative cash flow projections to analyze project investments.
Merritt Community Capital Corporation's mission is to provide equity capital for affordable housing throughout California and to revitalize neighborhoods through the construction, rehabilitation and long-term asset management of these units.
www.merrittcap.org   (269 words)

  
 History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Lake Merritt was originally a wide, tidal estuary or salt marsh known as Laguna Peralta.
As the north shore of the lake became settled in the late 1800's residents were in danger of stopping stray bullets from the duck hunters on the south shore of the Lake.
The lake was later deepened by dredging, sections were filled in and finally a retaining wall was built around the 3.18 mile perimeter.
www.wildflowers-cdrom.com /birds/History.html   (328 words)

  
 Lake Merritt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Lake Merritt is a focal point, it stands as the jewel of Oakland, even crowned with lights.
A unique fresh and salt-water lake, the largest such lake located within an urban area consisting of 3.4 miles around the circumference of the lake, covering 155 acres of land.
The depth of Lake Merritt varies upon how much water is allowed to filter in from the Estuary and upon rain water intake.
www.oaklandnet.com /parks/parks/lakemerritt.asp   (80 words)

  
 Parks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Lakeside Park is best known for Lake Merritt which is one of the most celebrated and accessible parks in Oakland with hundreds of visitors enjoying the park and its unique amenities daily.
In 1867, Dr. Samuel Merritt donated 155 acres of dammed tidal water from the headwaters of Indian Slough, it became known as "Merritt's Lake" and later Lake Merritt.
In 1925, Lake Merritt's "Necklace of Lights" is lit for the first time during the Dons of Peralta Water Festival.
www.oaklandnet.com /parks/facilities/parks_lakeside.asp   (295 words)

  
 Out of town guests: Lake Merritt
This man-made lake is near and dear to the city of Oakland.
Lake Merritt is one of the more popular places in Oakland for running around its perimeter: Old ladies taking their morning constitution next to roller-bladers whisking on by.
Lake Merritt has its own crew club, thank you, and its members have been building upper body strength on this lake for many, many years.
www.posthoc.com /outoftowners4.htm   (488 words)

  
 Coast & Ocean Winter 2001-2002 Lake Merritt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In more recent years, the annual Festival of the Lake attracted what was arguably the most diverse crowd seen at any Bay Area festival, with as many as 100,000 people of all ages gathering to enjoy a wide variety of music, art, and other entertainment.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Lake Merritt is to Oakland what Central Park is to New York or Golden Gate Park is to San Francisco, and what the Los Angeles River is becoming to that city’s people.
They formed the Coalition of Advocates for Lake Merritt (CALM) and drew up an alternative proposal that would increase the amount of green space next to the lake by reconfiguring the roadway and allow for better pedestrian access from the lake to the convention center, museum, and channel.
www.coastalconservancy.ca.gov /coast&ocean/winter2002/pages/four.htm   (1135 words)

  
 Samuel Merritt
Merritt spent more and more time in the East Bay, until, in 1863, he moved to Oakland and built a comfortable new home for himself on the east side of Jackson Street.
Merritt also used his many skills to insure that Oakland became the terminus for the great overland railroad.
With overlapping legal obstacles evaporating, Merritt began to focus on his pet project — developing his property along the edge of the tidal slough.
www.cshouse.org /Pages/samuel_merritt.html   (462 words)

  
 OAKLANDISH
Merritt had a vision of the muddy estuary as an beautiful, metropolitan lake, the jewel of Oakland.
The lake was later deepened by dredging, sections were filled in and finally a retaining wall was built around the perimeter to create the lake that we now know.
The possibility of some kind of strange marine life in Lake Merritt cannot be discounted, for such a large lake in such a nice location, it is not unreasonable to believe something large and unusual may lurk in the waters.
www.oaklandish.org /OAK/stories/lm.html   (493 words)

  
 Aquatic Visitors to Lake Merritt, Oakland, California
The season of 1923-24, however, was marred by dredging operations throughout the lake, and by the fruition of an idea in the mind of someone in a position of authority, to the effect that the birds in question needed an island.
Following a study of the chart and tables, the writer is not unwilling to believe that the total numbers of the seven principal species visiting Lake Merritt during the six latest winters have not materially changed, with the possible exception of the shovellets.
HILE the general situation at Lake Merritt is a matter of common knowledge, it will not be amiss at this time to state that the lake is located in the heart of a residential district, less than one mile from the city hall of Oakland, Call- fornia.
elibrary.unm.edu /sora/Condor/files/issues/v027n02/p0055-p0058.html   (2680 words)

  
 Fall color quest finds brilliant rewards along Merritt Lake trail   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Merritt Lake is one of the essential hikes in the Cascade Mountains if you are in the mood for fall color, or that transitional season between late fall and early winter when there is morning ice on the lake and a hint of snow in the breeze.
Merritt Lake is ideal for a day's outing or overnight backpack and is fine for children.
The lake is a large tarn bordered by subalpine forest beneath 6,000-foot peaks.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /getaways/101796/hike17_top.html   (850 words)

  
 Lake makeover / Plans for Oakland's 'jewel,' waterfront make ballot
Oakland's Lake Merritt, known as the "jewel of the city," is studded with sculls and small sailboats and surrounded by shoreline parks, Children's Fairyland, a bird sanctuary and well-used trails.
The 140-acre lake has been cut off from the channel connecting it to the estuary by 12 lanes of traffic, culverts, railroad bridges and a flood-control barrier, all of which block access for pedestrians and boaters.
PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE LAKE MERRITT ESTUARY 1 Remove barriers between the lake and the channel to increase tidal flow, improve water quality and open access for small watercraft.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/07/11/BA82022.DTL&type=printable   (929 words)

  
 Election 2002: Oakland Residents Close To Resoundingly Approving Lake Merritt Improvement Measure
November 6, 2002 01:15 AM OAKLAND -- A massive bond measure to restore Lake Merritt and improve city parks appeared headed for a landslide victory Tuesday night with nearly two-thirds of the vote counted.
Lake Merritt Park was first developed with a bond measure.
In addition to restoring the smelly and trash-strewn Lake Merritt to its former glory, money raised from the sale of the bonds would be used to renovate the boathouse and other lakeside amenities; improve water quality in the estuary; and expand green space joining new parks and trails along the waterfront.
journalism.berkeley.edu /projects/election2002/stories/000144.html   (483 words)

  
 Media & Press > Press Releases > Oakland's Urban Oasis: Lake Merritt
Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park are favorite spots among locals and visitors.
Or, stroll to the other side of the lake for a visit to the Camron-Stanford House, a beautifully restored home that is the last of the Victorians that once dominated the Lake Merritt area.
Also of historic interest, Children’s Fairyland at Lake Merritt is a fun piece of history for kids of all ages to enjoy.
www.oaklandcvb.com /media_press_releases_2003_lake_merritt.cfm   (524 words)

  
 Lake Merritt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Five blocks east of Broadway, the eastern third of downtown Oakland comprises Lake Merritt, a three-mile-circumference tidal lagoon that was bridged and dammed in the 1860s to become the centerpiece of Oakland’s most desirable neighborhood.
The lake is also the nation’s oldest wildlife refuge, and migrating flocks of ducks, geese, and herons break their journeys here.
Every night, the lake is lit up by its Necklace of Lights, a source of local pride, and on the first weekend in June, the park comes to life during the Festival at the Lake, when all of Oakland gets together to enjoy nonstop music and performances from local bands and entertainers.
www.pacificislandtravel.com /north_america/western_usa/california/sf_lakemerritt.html   (269 words)

  
 Object Detail
Lake Merritt was a tidal slough; part of an estuary flowing into San Francisco Bay.
At the time Oakland was incorporated in 1852, the outlet from the lake to the bay was considerably larger than what you see today, stretching almost the entire length of the present day viaduct.
Under Mayor Mott (1905-1915) Lake Merritt was made into a park with a boulevard around the lake, a municipal boat house, a bandstand, and hiking trails.
collections.museumca.org /item_detail.jsp?id=71102   (257 words)

  
 Altacal Audubon Society
Patricia was "pulled" to Lake Merritt with the vision for this entire project, partly inspired by the story of "Helen the Pelican" that lived at the lake for many years before she died and was buried on one of the Duck Islands.
The birds of Lake Merritt were indeed honored, and I almost gasped as a flying brown pelican sailed overhead during the show like one of those airplane salutes, and cormorants, Canada Geese, and gulls flashed about in the sky as they often do at the refuge.
Hector became tangled in a rope and drowned in the mid-1980's, but Helen lived on alone for ten years, escorting wild visiting white pelicans around the lake, and she was often courted by a white mute swan that mysteriously appeared off and on.
www.altacal.org /newsletter_2004_12/essay.html   (895 words)

  
 Lake Merritt Institute--Information: Projects   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The unit was located at the Trestle Glen arm of the Lake, behind the barrier encompassing the outfalls of storm drains 6, 7 and 8.
In May of 1999 the US Environmental Protection Agency listed Lake Merritt as a body of water whose beneficial uses were impaired by low levels of dissolved oxygen.
The 3 horsepower "Tornado" unit is designed for maximum aeration and is located at the confluence of the lake's three largest storm drain outfalls, where drainage from over 2,000 acres is funneled into the lake here by pipes up to six feet across.
www.lakemerrittinstitute.org /info_projects.html   (587 words)

  
 Recreation Centers & Facilities   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
There are so many enjoyable activities and places to have an adventure at while visiting Lake Merritt inside Lakeside Park.
Lake Merritt is a focal point, with thousands of people enjoying its beauty, it stands as the jewel of Oakland, even crowned with lights.
We enthusiastically invite you to visit Lake Merritt inside Lakeside Park and the surrounding attractions while you are in Oakland.
www.oaklandnet.com /parks/facilities/points_lakemerritt.asp   (138 words)

  
 Programs, Classes and Activities   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Lake Merritt is the largest man-made salt-water tidal lake in the United States.
We are proud of our urban boating center at the lake, which adds a wonderful resource to one of Oakland’s premier places to enjoy picnicking, walking, jogging, and bird watching.
Lake Merritt is located on the Pacific Flyway and is the oldest bird refuge in the country.
www.oaklandnet.com /parks/programs/boating.asp   (266 words)

  
 Oakland Living History Program
Bailey is the founder and Executive Director of the Lake Merritt Institute.
Schaaf was the Volunteer Coordinator for Oakland's Festival of the Lake from 1982-1997.
She talks about her experiences with the Oakland Women's Rowing Club (nicknamed Ladies of the Lake), including the mechanics of rowing, the camaraderie of the members, of various institutions associated with Lake Merritt and Oakland history.
www.mills.edu /academics/grants_and_special_programs/olhp/merritt.html   (499 words)

  
 Guide to Oakland History -- The Sites -- Lake Merritt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The lake he created was called "Merritt's Lake" by people for many years, and gradually became Lake Merritt.
The creation of Lake Merritt is not the only major change to Oakland's bayshore.
The lake has been dammed, but most of the "neck" leading to the bay has not been filled in yet.
www.sims.berkeley.edu /courses/is290-2/f98/oaklandkids/sites/lake   (210 words)

  
 Engineering News, March 7, 2005
Lake Merritt occasionally gets blue-green algae blooms (especially after springtime rains), which cause aerobic bacteria to grow.
The bacteria deplete the lake's oxygen and kill off aquatic organisms as it decomposes the dying blooms.
The Lake Merritt Project began a year ago and is co-sponsored by the student group Engineers for a Sustainable World.
www.coe.berkeley.edu /engnews/Spring05/EN08S/lake.html   (456 words)

  
 Seeker: Lake Merritt - May 2002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
It's Lake Merritt, and, despite its urban location, it has the distinction of being the first wildlife refuge in the United States.
The lake is actually a part of the estuary, which is part of San Francisco Bay, itself a very large estuary.
After all, the very existence of this lake in its modern incarnation is a result of the combination of the work of nature and the human touch.
www.seekermagazine.com /v0502/damico.html   (1024 words)

  
 Lakeside Park, Oakland CA
The park consists of seventy-five lush acres of land surrounding Lake Merritt.
The lake is the nation's largest urban saltwater lake (155 acres) and the nation's oldest wildlife preserve.
The northern tip of Lake Merritt narrows and is set off beautifully by the Mediterranean style Embarcadero Pergola and Colonnade designed Walter Steilberg and built in 1912.
www.cshouse.org /Pages/lakeside_park.html   (559 words)

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