LADWP issues response to Mono County litigation

LADWP press release

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) last week released the following statement in response to the litigation filed by the Mono County Board of Supervisors.

“LADWP has continued operating this year as we have in prior years, providing irrigation water to ranchers in Mono County based on operational needs, as provided for in each lease. LADWP is considering entering into new leases with the ranchers and other lessees in Mono County and will complete a full and thorough Environmental Impact Report before the new leases are approved. While continuing to provide irrigation water to ranchers, LADWP – through regular field visits and an established working group – continues to work closely with and implement recommendations from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Mono County, local Audubon representatives, and U.S. Geological Survey to provide water for the region’s Sage Grouse.

“The amount of water the county is demanding we use for flood-irrigation on a small portion of City of LA owned-land in southern Mono County is enough to serve nearly 50,000 households every year and would cost Los Angeles ratepayers nearly $18 million to replace the amount of water requested and the lost hydropower it generates by purchasing additional supplies from the already stressed State Water Project.  Climate change demands that we carefully manage limited water supplies throughout the State of California. We are committed to doing so and working with our lessees to use water more efficiently.”

Richard Harasick
LADWP Senior Assistant General Manager of Water System

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Malthus Shopper
Malthus Shopper
3 years ago

Right.

And the Earth has an over-population problem, and with that, one would think humans would put a cap on re-producing. Period.

That's Right!
That's Right!
3 years ago

Best solution yet! Crazy how that’s NEVER spoken.

SSmith
SSmith
3 years ago

It is true LA has a water problem, and with that, one would think Los Angeles County would put a cap on building. Period.

philip anaya
philip anaya
3 years ago

With some but not much do respect, to the Golden Arch hamburger hater.The epitome of water mismanagement is the failure for the LADWP to provide it’s ratepayers a sustainable water supply from the early 1900’s engineering marvel of the LA Aqueduct. In the last 100+ years the LADWP has neither… Read more »

Bob
Bob
3 years ago

I’m not positive but the golf course’s in mammoth are watered with reclaimed water.

Big Mac
Big Mac
3 years ago

Perhaps, Annie. But the epitome of water mismanagement is allowing its limited supply to be used by a handful of cattle ranchers to grow feed for their cows, i.e., to make hamburgers. LADWP has rightfully concluded such use is contrary to its legal obligation to provide water to the people… Read more »

Michael Prather
Michael Prather
3 years ago
Reply to  Big Mac

The Long Valley meadows have been created by ranchers over the last 150 years. Prior to that water had been spread naturally via yearly snow runoff. Long Valley meadows arose from nature first then human actions mimicking nature. They support wildlife of all kinds and a heritage working landscape ridden… Read more »

Big Mac
Big Mac
3 years ago

Your first two sentences contradict one another Mr. Prather, and reveal the fallacy of your argument. You first say that the ranchers “created” the Long Valley meadows during the last 150 years. Then you say that, before the ranchers came along, the meadows had been created “naturally,” by snow run-off.… Read more »

philip anaya
philip anaya
3 years ago
Reply to  Big Mac

North, south, east and west the DWP never ceases to preform inadequately to the needs of sustainable management

https://www.dailynews.com/2018/09/05/after-damage-to-granada-hills-wetlands-epa-orders-ladwp-to-pay-5-3-million-in-credits-into-mitigation-bank/

All on the backs of rate payers and the environment

Hippo Crit
Hippo Crit
3 years ago

And Mammoth uses its limited water supply on golf courses, snow-making, and condo toilets.

Annie
Annie
3 years ago

I guess all of those swimming pools are how they carefully manage limited water supplies