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DWP responds to Crowley rumor

As fears of drought grow, so do rumors. One that came to our newsroom was that the Department of Water and Power planned to drain Crowley Lake. Chris Plakos of DWP Public Relations said that’s not true. Plakos said, “Rumors that LADWP is planning on draining Crowley Lake are unfounded and incorrect. LADWP understands the […]

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Too much water down the tube?

In 1940, the family of Stan Matlick of Bishop won a court decision called the Hillside Decree that limits groundwater pumping in the Bishop area to the amount used on Los Angeles-owned lands in what’s called the Bishop Cone. No groundwater is to be exported. This year, Mr. Matlick thinks the Los Angeles Department of […]

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LADWP still declines to comment on investigation

At the end of August, reports began to circulate that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power had sent guards and others to all Owens Valley DWP offices to seize documents. Officials admit an investigation is going on but still decline to comment on any of the details. In August, LADWP Public Information Officer […]

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LADWP tightens rules

Groups in the Bishop area – everything from the Boy Scouts to the Photo Club – are having problems using the Department of Water and Power meeting room at the Bishop headquarters. The Bishop Photo Club said that DWP has informed them that they will no longer be able to use their conference room unless […]

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LADWP investigation remains an official mystery

Last week news leaked out that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power had sent guards and other personnel to simultaneously lock down five DWP offices in the Northern District to seize specific documents. Very little else has been revealed about the apparent scandal. Sources close to the situation said that the DWP offices […]

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Snowmelt promises high flows, possible flooding

The water outlook for the Eastern Sierra in the next two weeks – heavy snowmelt and possible flooding of rivers and streams. The National Weather Service says that flood warnings are in effect for parts of the Walker River and for Mono Lake tributaries as well as for the Upper Owens River tributaries in Mono […]

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