LADWP issues statement on LORP report

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is grateful for the public participation and open communication expressed in the public meeting held January 14, 2015 in Independence on the 2014 Lower Owens River Project (LORP) Draft Report and Adaptive Management Recommendations.  LADWP is optimistic about jointly moving forward with the MOU Parties to implement a modified flow regime for improvements to the LORP.

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The OVC was instrumental in the re-watering of the Lower Owens River.

LADWP, with the Inyo County Water Department (ICWD) and the MOU Consultants, have recognized for some time that changes in flow are needed to improve water quality and riparian vegetation in the LORP.  This would further achieve the original project goals.  LADWP staff has worked with the MOU consultants to develop a flow regime that can be satisfied within the amount of water available for the LORP.  This can be achieved by eliminating the 2007 Stipulation and Order requirements for a minimum base flow of 40 cubic feet per second (CFS) throughout the LORP, and a maximum 50 CFS limit for the Pumpback Station.

We look forward to collaborating with the MOU parties to modify the 2007 Stipulation and Order to implement changes described by the MOU consultant that maximize the beneficial use of the flows available to the project. These measures are to improve water quality and riparian vegetation and should be implemented as soon as possible.  This requires amending the Stipulation and Order by mid- February so that we can implement the modified flow regime including a flushing flow in March of this year.

 

 

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Steve
Steve
7 years ago

By putting a limit on the Pump back station the party’s that want the river restored have limited the flow of the river. Stop choking the flow. The pump station should be built to handle the full flow of the aqueduct. That way the river can flow the way it… Read more »

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
7 years ago

There were seven points raised by the MOU Participants that would be necessary for an agreement to amend the Stips and Orders. 1. Water Quality measurement and analysis 2. Monitor Flows 3. Hydrograph (which is the chart of the planned flows) 4. 2-3 year Time Period of the Modification to… Read more »

Michael Prather
Michael Prather
7 years ago

It is critical, after 8 years of running the LORP flows, that some guarded flexibility must be agreed to by the MOU parties. Woody riparian trees are not being generated and dissolved oxygen during the warm months is at near lethal levels for fish. I urge the MOU parties to… Read more »