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FROM DEB MURPHY – Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District Takes a New Approach in Legal Battle with LADWP

  The Superior Court ruling last month did not mark the end of the dispute between Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power over dust controls on Owens Lake. The beat goes on. From a simplified, but confirmed, interpretation of the ruling, the penalties levied by […]

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LADWP Takes Action to Protect LA Ratepayers from Unwarranted and Costly Orders by Great Basin Air Pollution Control District

Local Air Regulator Continues to Disregard Tribal Requests & Attempts to Expand Its Operating Budget — All Paid for by Angelenos Oct. 19, 2022 (LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) took legal action Tuesday to protect Los Angeles water customers from regulatory overreach by the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution […]

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Last Day to Register for the Owens Valley Job Fair

Interested in learning about LADWP positions available in the Eastern Sierra? Join us on Thursday, October 20th at 12 PM for the Owens Valley Virtual Job Fair. Our Recruitment Services Team will give an overview on how to subscribe and apply for LADWP jobs, and participants will hear from local employees. Questions? Email [email protected] CLICK HERE […]

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LADWP/GBUAPC – Dueling Press Releases? No, Just Two Truths

  Here’s a little background on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power vs Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (GBUAPC) legal battle the end result of which is a win/win, or lose/lose, depending on one’s point of view. GBUAPC identified an area on the Owens Lake shore that required dust controls. The […]

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LADWP Will Continue to Protect Sensitive Tribal Areas and Work with Local Tribal Representatives at Owens Lake

Sept. 30, 2022 (LOS ANGELES) — On September 27, 2022, the Sacramento Superior Court issued a ruling that rejected Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District’s (Great Basin) argument that it had unlimited regulatory control over LADWP.  The Court also refused to uphold more than $1 million in fines assessed by Great Basin that would […]

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Sacramento Court Issues Order Against Los Angeles Department of Water and Power In Pollution Dispute

  (Owens Lake, CA) – On September 27, the Sacramento County Superior Court issued its order against the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), rejecting LADWP’s attempt to avoid responsibility for controlling air pollution on the dried Owens Lake Bed in an area containing cultural resources. The LADWP’s historic diversion of […]

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Mono County Responds to LADWP’s Sharp Reduction Of Water to Long Valley

  In response to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s reductions in water allotments to Long Valley grazing leases, the Mono County Board of Supervisors approved a letter drafted by County Counsel requesting “collaboration and communications” going forward. The dispute goes back to 2018 when LADWP first proposed “dewatering” the 6,000 acres that provides […]

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Flex Alert Extended from 4:00 – 9:00 PM on Saturday, September 3rd

  With Labor Day weekend upon us, we’re experiencing a major heatwave in California, which increases the likelihood of Flex Alerts. With heat waves come increased temperatures, stress, and pressure on the power grid. If we want to avoid preventable power outages, we must work together during this heatwave. Conserve energy during Flex Alerts, generally between […]

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Pleasant Valley Reservoir Water Quality and Safety Reminder for Labor Day Weekend 2022

      (September 2, 2022)—The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is urging all visitors to Pleasant Valley Reservoir to exercise caution while recreating in the lake, due to water quality concerns that may cause harmful effects on people and animals. LADWP is closely monitoring the water for any type of harmful […]

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