DWP boss chastises Mammoth’s water district and LA Times

ladwpAccording to news reports and Commission meeting minutes, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has long used lobbyists and public relations firms to spin legal and political issues its way; but since the tiny Mammoth Community Water District hired a public relations firm to help in its David and Goliath fight with Los Angeles, DWP has accused the District of trying to “snow” the public.

On the heels of last Friday’s Los Angeles Times story on MCWD, a press release was issued Saturday by DWP General Manager Ron Nichols, he bashes Mammoth’s Water District for hiring a PR firm and the LA Times for reporting on LA’s legal attack on Mammoth’s water rights. Nichols said the Times used “many of the baseless arguments set forth by lobbyists and public relations consultants hired by Mammoth’s Water District” at public expense. Nichols’ press release tries hard to convince that DWP is not trying to take Mammoth’s water.

Nichols claims that DWP is “in no way attempting to deny water to the Town of Mammoth Lakes.” Although, six months ago, LA did launch a legal attack on Mammoth’s surface water in two lawsuits, claiming senior rights to Mammoth’s.

In what some have called a bipolar press release, Nichols insists LA does not want to take Mammoth’s water and then chastises Mammoth for using LA’s water. Which is it? At one point Nichols said LA wants to “share” water with Mammoth. Then he says LA has no obligation to “provide free water to Mammoth Community Water District.”

Nichols further contradicts himself when he says Mammoth knows it’s position is groundless and is using public relations to “camouflage” its lack of water rights. Finally, Nichols gets around to saying LA will negotiate with Mammoth toward a compromise. He says both sides are in search of a “suitable resolution that would enable LADWP to retain its water while meeting the needs of Mammoth.”

The idea of meeting LA’s needs and Mammoth’s would likely be as successful as the Inyo-LA Long Term Water Agreement. The goal of that deal is to meet LA’s needs and preserve Inyo’s environment. Inyo officials continue to be embroiled in numerous disputes with LA over water.

After he assures that LA does not want to “grab” Mammoth’s water, Manager Nichols says LA water customers cannot continue to “subsidize Mammoth’s water bills.” Nichols said Mammoth customers wouldn’t have to pay that much more to compensate LA for its water. He says a typical monthly bill would go from $24 to$35.

In a press release full of conflicted statements, Nichols concludes that LADWP “has no intention, nor any desire to deprive the citizens of Mammoth of water.” Nichols said no amount of “misinformed public relations efforts can change these facts.” What he doesn’t say is the only conclusion evident from his press release is that LA has sued Mammoth, if not to outright take its water supply, then to hold a gun to the community’s head for money.

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Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago

Yes Benett it only makes sense they would want to stifle any growth here, I hadn’t thought about NIH, but I can see that.

thirsty4truth
thirsty4truth
9 years ago

Please get you facts straight–the city of Los Angeles uses the same amount of water it used in 1975 despite growing by 1 million residents. Mammoth Lakes has increased their usage hand over fist since 1975 to now use 1% of the amount of water used by 4 million people… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  thirsty4truth

Speaking of facts – MCWD reportedly uses 1% (actually much less in many years – 900 to 2000 acre feet) of the water export from the Eastern Sierra which is roughly one-third of the water consumed by the LA area, not 1% of the amount of water used by 4… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago
Reply to  thirsty4truth

I doubt that Mammoth Lakes uses 1% of the water usage that DWP uses in the south land. And DWP has issue with anyone using their water .. as they see it. And the DWP workers did not and do not provide the back bone of this community, how do… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

Stifle for sure, Big Al. Back in the day (1977) John Heston and I managed to get an appointment with Mas Kojima, liaison form the LA Mayor’s office to the LADWP. We asked him if it were DWP’s policy to stifle growth in the Eastern Sierra. Without hesitation, he said,… Read more »

Jeff B.
Jeff B.
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

How much, if any, of MCWD’s distribution goes to Mammoth Mountain for snowmaking and other needs? Do they have a dog in this fight?

derph
derph
9 years ago

Well looks like DWP is not done draining the Eastern Sierras but here is an intersting concept for you all. Put in a sewage treatment plant below town, have the whole town piped so all the water runs off to the treatment plant, then put the treated water into the… Read more »

SierraFan
SierraFan
9 years ago
Reply to  derph

Derph,

Dang that’s funny! Thanks for the humor this morning.

Robert Weller
Robert Weller
9 years ago
Reply to  SierraFan

I have already seen Chinatown. If LA doesn’t shut we Coloradoans will shut off their water. Come to think of it, throw Arizona in there also.

bpgolfer
bpgolfer
9 years ago

DWP thinks that the rain and snow that falls from the sky is theirs before it hits the ground. If DWP customers in the LA area would conserve a little it would make a bigger difference than all the water used in Mammoth.

Jake
Jake
9 years ago

From here on out every time I see a DWP truck around they are getting the middle finger. Welcome to the ES a holes no go back to your smog and fake grass.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  Jake

I will only remind you that the people in DWP trucks are our friends and neighbors,
not the ones who make policy.
Benett Kessler

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago
Reply to  Jake

Jake…I know someone that works at DWP…..and drives one of those trucks….and ,like Benett says,not one that has anything to do with policies made years ago.And if you happen to be driving and give this guy I know the middle finger for no other reason than hating on everything DWP,I… Read more »

Daris
Daris
9 years ago
Reply to  Jake

Jake The majority of DWP employees are nice caring people they do not make the policies all they are doing is trying to make a living. Don’t kill the messengers all they are doing is their job. Keep your fingers to yourself or make sure they are pointed to the… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago
Reply to  Jake

Good one there buddy .. way to look good.

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

You got that right Big Al. I assume he has family working for the thieves.

a matter of trust
a matter of trust
9 years ago

Never trust the people from the maddening and overcrowded south.

Reality Bites
Reality Bites
9 years ago

I think that LADWP is flat out lying that Mammoth uses 1% as much water as the city of Los Angeles. LA has a population of about 3.8 million. 1% of that is 38,000 people. They have a lot of industry. They wash their sidewalks down and irrigate their lawns… Read more »

upthecreek
upthecreek
9 years ago
Reply to  Reality Bites

snow creek alone uses 1% of the water.. Have you ever seen these sprinklers going off all Summer every night sometimes twice a night

Reality Bites
Reality Bites
9 years ago
Reply to  upthecreek

Have you ever seen how many Golf Courses,Cemeteries, McMansions, Fountains, Swimming Pools, Car Washes, etc. they have in Los Angeles?

Think before typing!

Grrrr!
Grrrr!
9 years ago
Reply to  upthecreek

I thought they were using reclaimed water…..at least the golf course is.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  Grrrr!

Sierra Star is using recycled water, and Snowcreek either is or will be.

Benett Kessler

Bill
Bill
9 years ago

This whole lawsuit must be an attempt to set a precedence for future lawsuits of some kind. And it stinks. I just cannot understand LADWP’s angle. ToML uses little water compared to what is available. LADWP gets very little of their actual water (% wise) from the Mammoth Creek drainage,… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago
Reply to  Bill

You’re right Bill, but the thing is .. they don’t seem to care about anything but get all of the water they can .. to feed the thirsty south land.

Daris
Daris
9 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Bill Yes DWP is trying to set a precedence with who has what water right. Just look at the Owen Valley’s trouble with water rights for an example the 40 acre area or Voget’s ranch. If any private party thinks they have a water right get it researched and verified.

waterboy
waterboy
9 years ago

LADWP has the water rights to the water Mammoth is using. If anyone can flip those rights to Mammoth then they could flip the rights all the way down the Owen’s Valley.

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago

Hey Ron Nichols (Mr.DWP), If you are reading this, you and your company are low life thieves. We all deserve water and you should have sued 60 plus years ago if you thought you were entitled to more water rights.

Bill
Bill
9 years ago

Greed… again. It will be the death of us.

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago

LOL DWP doesn’t like it when others play their games on them .. LOL .. I think it is a very good thing TOML has hired a PR firm, that is on of the things I was talking about in an earlier post about getting the word out there to… Read more »

This guy
This guy
9 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

Just to be clear, the Town of Mammoth Lakes (TOML) didn’t hire the PR firm. The Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) did.

Chris
Chris
9 years ago

How DARE DWP accuse MCWD of trying to “snow” the public! ‘PR’ and BS are a huge part of DWP’s business and budget. What does this have to do with the issue of who owns the water and what’s to be done about it, anyway?!

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
9 years ago

No conflict at all in saying DWP is not trying to take Mammoth’s water, even though they’ve sued to get it. See, you have to understand, to DWP, Mammoth has NO water rights – ergo, DWP is not trying to take Mammoth’s water since there is no such thing as… Read more »