Inyo County strikes back over pumping test

By Deb Murphy

The Inyo County Board of Supervisors has filed a temporary restraining order, stopping the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power from flipping the on-switch to Well 385R’s pump test. In addition, the Board has initiated litigation against the department to keep the pump off.

Bob Harrington/file photo

The decision was made at Tuesday’s closed session meeting. Water Department Director Bob Harrington ended his presentation on the well and the impacts to groundwater in the Five Bridges area at Wednesday’s Water Commission meeting. He also informed the Commissioners that the Owens Valley Committee and Sierra Club have begun the Memorandum of Understanding arbitration dispute resolution over the test.

Harrington had submitted a comment letter on LADWP’s Initial Study Negative Declaration on the project pointing out discrepancies in the process and requirements of the Long Term Water Agreement and potential violations of the California Environmental Quality Act. DWP’s response failed to address those issues or issues raised by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, attorneys for OVC and Sierra Club and 10 other individuals or entities.

DWP’s Board of Commissioners adopted the Negative Declaration at its November 27 meeting after approximately an hour of public comment opposed to the document.

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Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
5 years ago

While it is relatively easy to be a advocate to holler out and think that you are on the side of truth, justice and the American way, it’s a totally different story if you are member of the Inyo Board of Supervisors where the ideals hit the reality of decisions… Read more »

Almost Native
Almost Native
5 years ago

I guess our Water Commisioner got tired of getting stepped over finally.