Owens Lake before DWP

photo (2)Website readers have requested pictures of how the Owens Lake used to look – with water in it.  Here are some examples:photo

 

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Water Boy
Water Boy
9 years ago

I remember seeing sail boats on the Owens Lake after the winter of 1969. Anyone have pictures for Benett? I was 15 then and we were headed up to Mammoth to ski the big snow.

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
9 years ago

Thanks for the pic’s, Bennett. I especially like the one taken from Cerro Gordo.

Bishopbb
Bishopbb
9 years ago

They should build a huge solar plant there. That lake will never be full again as long as LA exists; Not LADWP but the city itself. The treatment that is going on there isn’t very helpful. What better way of creating more jobs, sustainable power, and taking a huge burden… Read more »

Cheese Wonton
Cheese Wonton
9 years ago
Reply to  Bishopbb

It depends. Many forms of utility scale solar power, such as the plant just outside Lancaster or the one at Kramer Junction require quite a bit of water to operate. Remember these are steam plants where solar energy is used to boil water to make steam and turn steam turbines.… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago
Reply to  Cheese Wonton

Good points. It’s a complicated issue. For one thing, the dust would have to be completely controlled because a big dust storm would not be real good for a solar-thermal plant. And water might indeed be a problem. Then LADWP is also a power generator and why would they encourage… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

What kills me about some of these proposed solar plants are the locations chosen. The one in the Indian Wells Valley was basically untouched desert and prime habitat for desert tortoises and Mojave ground squirrels. Why isn’t the contaminated land near Hinkley being used for solar power. It can no… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago

I doubt that the primary criteria for the placement of solar — or any — energy plants is “.. lets see if we can find pristine habitat to screw up …”

I’m pretty sure there’s other considerations. But it’s an amusing theory.

Tim
Tim
9 years ago
Reply to  Bishopbb

Never say never because one big earthquake would fill that lake fairly fast. Those solar panels are going to look terrible under water. I say use the old tube to send sea water back to the valley and/or build a large island in the center of the lake reducing the… Read more »

salblaster
salblaster
9 years ago

grew up hearing stories about a sunken steamboat full of cerro gordo silver but from the little research i did could find no evidence of that. still was a good story when i was a little a little guy.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago
Reply to  salblaster

Still a great story. I hope that kind of history doesn’t get lost in a sea of fractional ownership condominium hotels (aka timeshares).

Ever read “Land of Little Rain” by Mary Austin?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Hunter_Austin

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Yep. It was a well chosen gift from an old friend when I first moved to this part of California.

John P. Gross
John P. Gross
9 years ago
Reply to  salblaster

Thanks Ken for the interesting link

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago

The Molly Stevens and Bessy Brady were steam ferries that operated on Owens Lake.

http://www.owensvalleyhistory.com/bessie_brady/page23.html