The Lake Merritt Institute is 501-C-3, non-profit charity, founded in 1992.
We are supported and sponsored by the City of Oakland and members like you.
Who We Are
- With over 120 members, the Lake Merritt Institute is a community based, non-profit corporation that works with volunteers, schools and the City of Oakland in a cooperative, positive relationship.
- With an office on the shores of Lake Merritt, the Institute is led by a board of directors and an executive director, James Robinson.
- Founded in 1992, we are supported by the City of Oakland, and members like you.
What We Do
- The Clean Lake Program: Since December 1996 we have been removing 1,000 to 6,000 pounds of trash from the lake each month under a contract with the City of Oakland.Much of the work is done by volunteers.
- Education: Our power point sound and slide show presents fascinating details about Lake Merritt, urban runoff (our biggest source of water pollution) people, history and wildlife.
- Aeration Fountains: Through the generosity of a donor and the City of Oakland, we have installed and maintain four aeration fountains. They provide badly needed oxygen to the water and an aesthetic enhancement to our Lake.
- Our monthly bulletin provides up-to-date information on the natural history of the lake, city projects, news, photographs, opinions, and an occasional poem.
- We have obtained grants, taught classes, promoted mechanical harvesting as a replacement to herbicide use, pushed for storm drain filters, and installed bulletin boards, tide gauges, and "U-Clean-It" stations.