Letter to the Editor: Stand up for our water

groundwater-pumpbp-1WATER: You never miss the water till the well goes dry.

On February 7th at 1:00 p.m. in the County Administrative Center in Independence is an Inyo County/Los Angeles Standing Committee meeting.  If you are concerned with the water problems in the Owens Valley plan to attend and let our Supervisors, the Inyo County Water Commission, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Commission know you are interested. It is time to become involved.  Yes there is a Long Term Water Agreement between Inyo and L.A., but is it being implemented and adhered to by both parties with the intent of the stipulation?  The aquifer under our valley is in danger as are all lakes, rivers, streams, ditches, ponds, vegetation, wildlife, recreation areas, grazing areas, and now even employment.  Hope to see you in Independence on the 7th and at other meetings that have to do with the Owens Valley water even if the water rights do belong to Los Angeles.   If unable to attend at least contact your representative let them know your concerns.  Daris Moxley, Bishop

11 Responses to Letter to the Editor: Stand up for our water

  1. andy January 31, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    How do you know that the aquafier is in danger?

  2. Yaney LA MacIver January 30, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

    Please see about the new head of the DWP: http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/01/30/41906/anaheim-city-manager-marcie-edwards-nominated-to-r/

    My comments on this:
    What are her views about weaning LA off the Owens Valley? What will she do about all the water that runs to the sea from LA? How about the pollution in the LA River? If cleaned up that should be a water source for LA. LA gets three times the amount of rain than the Owens Valley, why does it need Owens Valley water?

    Next to everyone in the Owens Valley and Manzanar is against the Solar Project slated to be built right across Hwy 395 from Manzanar. Rate payers in LA should know that that will cost a bundle of $$. Where as LA could power half the state with rooftop and other solar in its own area. Will she stop this project?

    All of the property/buildings that the DWP owns in Independence, etc.are falling apart. Will she give it back to those towns and allowed to be those buildings renovated and saved before they totally fall apart? These are historic buildings.

    What will her relations be with the tribes in areas affected by the Aqueduct, etc.?

    Will she commit to the Long Term Water Agreement? Will there be “real” dust mitigation at Owens Lake? What about ground water losses in Inyo County communities?

    And shouldn’t the Boards of Supervisors of Inyo and Mono County (and any other affected counties) get to approve this as well as all the tribal councils and a referendum of the populations of same?

    Time to wean LA!

    • enoughalready January 31, 2014 at 8:46 am #

      I sure hope at this point she knows that L.A. is not dependent on Owens Valley rainfall. L.A. is dependent on the Sierra Nevada snowpack.
      Do you really think that this new boss will be any different than the old boss? I’m pretty sure she comes out of the same pool as all the others.
      Do you really think DWP will just throw up their hands and quit and walk away from the Owens Valley?
      We might want to come-up with a better plan. I don’t mean to sound pessimistic
      but we seem to be standing in the same spot as we were when it all started.

    • Desert Tortoise February 1, 2014 at 11:33 am #

      Ah, the nonsense that people cling to. I suggest you read “The Control of Nature” by John McPhee for a vivid account of LAs flood control system.

      Very little water in the LA region watershed gets to the ocean. Nearly all is impounded behind the many “flood control” dams in the foothills of the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains, dams like Pacoima Dam, Big Tujunga Canyon Dam (recently rebuilt to increase water storage), Hansen Dam, Santa Fe Basin, Whittier Narrows Dam, San Gabriel Dam, San Antonio Dam, Big Dalton Dam, etc. Waters are retained during storms and released into spreading basins during the year. Water in the spreading basins is allowed to percolate back into the aquifer where it is stored for later use. It has to be a very large storm after a series of large storms before much flood water is lost to the ocean. Go ahead and stand at the end of the San Gabriel River in Long Beach. It is always dry. All the water is trapped upstream and diverted into spreading basins that line the full length of that river. Even street runoff is so diverted. Ditto the Santa Ana River, controlled by Seven Oaks and Prado dams and Rio Hondo. The water in Anaheim Lakes is water released from Prado Dam for percolation into the aquifer there. Anaheim Lakes are really a big spreading basin and 70% of Anaheim’s water comes from their aquifer. Only Anaheim Hills is served by water from MWD. The rest of the flat lands of Orange County draw their water from the same aquifer. Only the hilly portions get aqueduct water from MWD.

      The little bit of water you see in the channel of the LA River is treated effluent from the Tillman Treatment Plant located in Sepulveda Basin (another big flood control basin in the San Fernando Valley). When LA completes the new treatment system it is building at the Tillman plant to allow waste water to be treated to a potable standard for pumping back into the San Fernando Valley aquifer there is going to be a very heated argument in LA over whether the best use of that water is drinking or the other vision of a recreational river through LA. We shall see how that one turns out but my money is on no water in the LA river except some minor street runoff a few years from now.

      • Water Moccasin February 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

        Guess you never seen the LA River and Ballona Creek during a big storm filled to the brim. There is a reason LA has swift water rescue teams.

      • Russ Monroe February 3, 2014 at 9:04 am #

        Ah, the bold face lies some pseudonyms think they can get away with!
        I only have 50 years experience with the San Gabriel river delta. My first apartment was at First and Ocean in Seal Beach, overlooking the river. I owned a business there for a decade. In the last two years I have spent months at a time walking the river bike path at least twice a day. Between those years I walked the end of that river dozens of time a year every year. I have never seen the river dry, ever. The delta is tidal, so it gets low twice a day, but never, in my first hand observation, has it been dry.
        Your posts have zero credibility pseudonym. Unless, of course, your purpose in posting here is purely disinformation distribution, in which case they are very… abundant.

  3. It's My Water January 30, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Don’t Worry Ken!!!!! I have been watering my lawns all week.

  4. Ken Warner January 30, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    Good news everybody — the drought is over. We got a half an inch last night. No worries. Water those lawns….

  5. Trouble January 29, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    Why is this meeting at !:00pm in Indy? That pretty much shuts out all people that work for a living. DWP must love this timing. By the way, I strongly believe DWP has more to do with the Bishop water shortage than the drought.

    • Philip Anaya January 29, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

      Whether you are self employed or working for someone I suggest calling in sick of the DWP and going to Indy on the 7th. The Agenda for the meeting is not yet posted on the Inyo County Water Dept web site but know that there is a public comment period for what anyone needs to say. Thank You Daris

    • friends of cash January 30, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

      this is exactly what they did during the so called “travel management.” Meetings at 1 in the afternoon, then complained about low turnout. LOL



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