LA Mayor Garcetti tours Owens Valley

Press release

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti traveled to the Owens Valley Monday to survey the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) emergency flood control preparations for what the utility expects will be a record snowmelt from the Eastern Sierras.

The trip comes after Mayor Garcetti declared a local State of Emergency to protect the lands and communities of the Owens Valley from flooding, as this year’s snowpack begins to melt.

“I declared this State of Emergency because we have a responsibility to protect Angelenos and the people of the Owens Valley,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We are acting as quickly and diligently as we can to address this potential threat, and I’m pleased by the progress we’re making.”

During his visit, the Mayor spoke with community members, met with LADWP workers involved in the flood control efforts, and toured key areas — including Mono Lake and Owens Lake — where the snowmelt is threatening communities and LADWP infrastructure.

This year’s snowpack in the Eastern Sierras is 241% above normal, and as spring goes on, LADWP expects the snowmelt to send up to 1 million acre-feet of runoff into the Owens Valley.

This runoff — nearly twice the amount of water that Angelenos use in a year — could damage local communities, hydroelectric power plants, and dust mitigation infrastructure in Owens Lake. Mayor Garcetti’s Emergency Declaration enables LADWP to act quickly in response to the threat.


5 Responses to LA Mayor Garcetti tours Owens Valley

  1. Philip Anaya May 17, 2017 at 6:51 am #

    It would have been good for Mayor Garcetti to have taken the time to also meet with folks from the environmental community, from the Tribes along with the ranching community and to have had a discussion about how we can benefit the Owens Valley and Los Angeles with the epic runoff . No doubt it is a monumental task to control flood waters when they are raging down streams, ditches and the Owens River. Directing waters into the water table where possible should be of interest to the City especially when there is minimal storage in the Aqueduct system and the recovery of the water tables after 6 years of drought is a benefit to the Eastern Sierra.

  2. Tom Tuttle May 16, 2017 at 9:56 am #

    Sad how all these country Bumbkins have nothing better to do but whine and complain about LADWP all the time. These people are like the ghetto losers in L.A., never satisfied and always wanting more.

  3. Tinner May 13, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

    Nobody likes him.

  4. Trouble May 11, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

    Don’t let the door hit ya on the way back.

    • numbskull May 14, 2017 at 6:58 pm #

      So, you want the valley to flood instead? Doing prep beforehand is dumb? Huh?


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