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The Owens Valley Groundwater Authority board will need a much smaller table to seat the six remaining members when it meets this afternoon in the Bishop City Council chambers. But, that number could change with the addition of organizations that have been eager for a place at the table. Tri-Valley Groundwater Management District and Wheeler […]

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OVGA awating decision from Department of Water Resources

By Deb Murphy The tentative low priority status of the Owens Valley groundwater basin has only heightened the complexity of the Owens Valley Groundwater Authority’s meetings, not lowered them. The current nine board members opted to hold off on additional meetings until the state Department of Water Resources issues its final decision. The delay will […]

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Update on Tri-Valley water basin

(The following is a corrected version of an earlier story) By Deb Murphy All the parties involved in the Tri Valley water basin will be waiting two months to see if the California Water Commission accepts the recommendation to consider the groundwater from Chalfant to Benton valleys a sub-basin of the Owens Valley basin. The […]

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Snowpack inches along

The recent storms did give the Eastern Sierra snowpack a bump, but just a bump.  On the Department of Water and Power website, the current precipitation charts show Mammoth Pass water content barely above the driest year on record, which is the snowpack of 1976-77. This year’s snowpack looms way below last year and below […]

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Snow surveys show grim picture

The California Department of Water Resources has conducted its first snow survey of the winter. Officials said they found “more bare ground than snow.” According to a news release from the DWR, “Manual and electronic readings record the snowpack’s statewide water content at about 20% of average for this time of year.” DWR Director Mark […]

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Snowpack: going up

Snow and water content continue to go up in the Sierra mountains. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power website graph shows Mammoth Pass snowpack with 22.3 inches of water content. Last year at this time, it was closer to 2 inches. With at least three more months to go in the winter season, […]

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Winter so far tracks drought of 1976-77

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power snow and precipitation graph on the utility’s website says it all.  The graph line for this year’s snowpack has nearly tracked the serious drought year of 1976-77.  But, as Department of Water Resource officials point out, there’s a lot left of winter. Earlier this month, the California […]

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