Another kind of surprise from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The mega utility has come up with what seems to be a first – a pumping rate that is a wide range of acre feet.
LADWP Delivered a draft operations plan for 2012-2013 to the Inyo County Water Department on Friday, as required by the Long Term Water Agreement. As they do every year, this year DWP says their plan is consistent with the “management strategy” of the water agreement. The goal, they write, is environmental protection and a reliable water source for LA.
First, LA reveals the Eastern Sierra Runoff Forecast. For April through September, they say runoff is forecast to be 170,300 acre feet or 56% of the long-term average runoff. They say it another way as 65% of the long-term average runoff value or 268,400 acre feet.
Every year, LA reports how much water they say they can pump from the Owens Valley under the terms of the water agreement but don’t. This year it’s 135,840 acre feet. It’s never clear why LA refers to and keeps track of pumping they consider “available” to them under the water agreement – a pumping amount they never take, and Inyo County does not agree with LA on this.
The operations plan says LADWP plans to pump “between 61,900 and 88,000 acre feet of groundwater during the runoff year.” But, then the document says that LA will monitor the Owens Valley and see if “further changes to the planned range of pumping are needed.” LA also describes their plans as “conservative pumping.” The document also says that LADWP plans to “pump no more than between 46% and 65% of groundwater made available under the Water Agreement” although the Standing Committee, they say, may decide to make further reductions.
LA also says they are complying with the Green Book of the water agreement which tells when to turn pumps off to protect the environment. However, both Inyo and LADWP have publicly stated that they do not believe the Green Book works.
Inyo County has until April 30th to respond to the LADWP draft plan.
Meanwhile, LA has initiated a Dispute Resolution process on pumping from Enhancement/ Mitigation wells. They claim the pumped water doesn’t add up to the amount the projects are using and that they have to use surface water or other wells on the projects. LA apparently doesn’t like the fact that some wells near mitigation projects are in off status, since they are in danger of harming the environment. Inyo Water Director Bob Harrington said Inyo needs more information. LA has been keeping track of what it considers a pumping deficit in relation to mitigation projects of 180,000 acre feet over the years. One more disagreement in a long line of many.
LADWP is on the offensive everywhere. Read about LADWP, MWD, and San Diego. http://www.mwdfacts.com/2012/04/04/los-angeles-department-of-water-power-sued-for-failing-to-release-public-documents/ Los Angeles has not taken any steps to control its growth. More growth means more water demand, no matter how much conservation they require. DWP will be trying to secure every drop of water it can,… Read more »
And in order for the Supervisors to have the will to fight, they cannot have any conflicts of interest, like DWP leases. Remember that in this election year. Just the fact that the Bishop Cone is not pumped means that the three northern Supervisors aren’t confronted by the devastating effects… Read more »
The Santa Barbara plant is a perfect example of “it’s not about water, it’s about money”.
Careful Rob, you’re leaving yourself wide open for the name callers.
Santa Barbara claims to be the home of the ecology movement and even they can’t afford to run this plant.
I cant stand the attitude of Drill, Drill, Drill, we have the ability to move away from current energy sources. But the whole scratch my back and I will scratch yours idea will go away for some of those evil/rich corporations. The system works for them and if we have… Read more »
New Era, For once we 100% agree with each other, the DWP is the definition for greedy. They have an ocean full of h2o much closer to them that they should pull from and leave the Owens valley and surrounding area’s alone. I’d love to see the Owens lake full… Read more »
I too would love to see Owen’s Lake full of water, but how many times do I have to say “It’s not about water, it’s about money”. LADWP will continue to go after the cheapest water available and that water comes from the Owen’s Valley. If anyone doesn’t want LADWP… Read more »
Rob, No disagreement at all here and I do hear what you’re saying. My point is that it would be pretty cool to have the lake back for it’s beauty, wildlife, etc. Does anyone know why they wouldn’t fill it up again? Is it even possible? And if it is… Read more »
We actually don’t have the ability to move away from coal powered electric plants. Last time I checked the wind doesn’t blow all the time and the sun is only out during the day. I also don’t think we’ll be building anymore dams for hydro electric power. What energy source… Read more »
Drill Baby Drill!
Taking the water from the Owens Valley destroys the Owens Valley,
And that is against the law.