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During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of everyone is of paramount importance to The Lake Merritt Institute.
Access to the U-clean-it boxes around Lake Merritt has been restricted to properly trained volunteers only. This includes the “A-team”, of course.
A-team members can train other volunteers at the Tuesday clean-ups. Training is also available from LMI staff upon request. Please call the office to make an appointment at 510-238-2290.
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 by Dr. Richard Bailey, we are supported by the City of Oakland, and members like you.
$100 REWARD for information leading to the arrest of anyone dumping paint, cement, plaster, soap, trash or oil in the Lake Merritt Watershed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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 Powerpoint 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 two aeration fountains. They provide much needed oxygen to the oxygen-poor water and provide an aesthetic enhancement to the 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.
Keeping the Lake clean depends on you. Each month, thousands of pounds of trash accumulate in Lake Merritt. It is removed by retired folks, professionals, housewives, school children, civic organization members, and people just like you and your friends with the help of our staff. Clean ups are held five times a week during the school year and 3-4 times a week in the summer. If you don’t volunteer, the trash will stay in the lake.