New ‘Dark Sky Group’ for Inyo County

Inyo County Dark Sky Group (ICDSG) Announces its Formation

(Press release)

A group of Inyo County citizens has formed the Inyo County Dark Sky Group (ICDSG) to encourage practices and policies that minimize artificial lighting. These policies and practices will enhance 1) the health and safety of the public, 2) animal habitats, 3) night sky viewing and 4) the economy of Inyo County. One of the group’s goals is to encourage Inyo County to enact a Dark Sky Lighting Ordinance.

ICDSG’s mission statement is to preserve and protect dark skies.

Over our lifetimes, artificial lighting has steadily increased.

Sky glow, trespass lighting, bright lights and glare not only waste energy and money, but also degrade our quality of life. A growing body of scientific evidence points to the negative impact of artificial light on human health, plants and animals.

Lighting practices are being implemented in towns and cities around the world that maintain public safety and preserve the dark sky. We encourage Inyo County residents, businesses and government agencies to protect dark sky by recognizing its benefits to our communities. As one of our natural resource wonders, it should be protected.

For more information contact us at: [email protected] or visit us on the website: inyosky.com

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Stephen P. McGreevy
Stephen P. McGreevy
3 years ago

Very few places other than remote global locations offer quick access to semi-dark sky locations in the Owens Valley and greater Inyo County. Las Vegas, the Antelope Valley/LA Basin glow and to a lessor extent, the San Joaquin valley towns all put about a 10% reduction of dark sky availablilty… Read more »

silver spurs
silver spurs
3 years ago

It’s a total waste of energy to be directing light upward into the sky. It’s a simple fix, use streetlights with shields that reflect most of the light downward where its needed.

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
3 years ago

…Bob…If I wanted to live in the dark,I’d move to Washington D.C.

Bob
Bob
3 years ago

If I wanted to live in the dark, I’d move to North Korea!

Charles O. Jone
Charles O. Jone
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob

If I wanted to live in the bright lights, I’d move to Los Angeles!

Dpblue
Dpblue
3 years ago

Great news. May I humbly suggest asking LADWP to put a skirt or shade on their two new streetlights installed last summer in Independence. The new streetlights shine brightly over large areas of northern Independence, while they perhaps increase safety they pretty much ruined looking at the night sky in… Read more »