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The Inyo/LA Water Agreement Standing Committee is meeting next Wednesday, May 26, 2021

  The Standing Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 26. For details, please use the following link provided for the Webinar: Webex Events (classic) Event number: 187 862 0528 Event Password: 1234 The Inyo/Los Angeles Standing Committee and Technical Group were created through a 1982 Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the County. The Inyo/Los Angeles Water Agreement […]

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Inyo County strikes back over pumping test

By Deb Murphy The Inyo County Board of Supervisors has filed a temporary restraining order, stopping the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power from flipping the on-switch to Well 385R’s pump test. In addition, the Board has initiated litigation against the department to keep the pump off. The decision was made at Tuesday’s closed […]

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LADWP files negative declaration for Five Bridges pump test

By Deb Murphy The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s controversial Five Bridges’ wells are back in the spotlight. Last month, the department filed its Initial Study and Negative Declaration for a two-month monitoring test of W385R. The comment period ends October 23. Inyo’s Water Department is still reviewing the Initial Study. The Owens […]

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Big Pine seeks practicality on recycled-water projects

By Deb Murphy A smaller and less “think outside the box” group of Big Pine residents met with water department staff and consultants last week to narrow down potential end-uses for a recycled water project, the first in Inyo County. Water Department Mitigation Manager Larry Freilich masterminded the $267,000 grant from the state Department of […]

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Report from Technical Group meeting

By Deb Murphy Monday’s Technical Group meeting had the usual suspects who fill the spectator seats scratching their heads. The group, made up of Inyo County and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power staff, voted to forward a recommendation to their respective reps on the Standing Committee to provide no water to the McNally […]

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More dire news on Inyo County water

By Deb Murphy Owens Valley wet leases will have their water allotments cut by 66 percent this run-off year, an unprecedented number during an unprecedented drought. “There just isn’t any water,” Inyo County Water Department Director Bob Harrington told the Board of Supervisors at its April 21 meeting. Estimated run-off is at 36 percent of […]

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Progress on Black Rock 94

By Deb Murphy The Black Rock 94 dispute resolution has taken a few steps forward, but also a step or two back. Originally scheduled for a control burn of approximately 212 acres this winter, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power had to stop short because of high wind predictions. Those predictions proved all […]

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LADWP releases 2012-2013 draft pumping plan

Another kind of surprise from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.  The mega utility has come up with what seems to be a first – a pumping rate that is a wide range of acre feet. LADWP Delivered a draft operations plan for 2012-2013 to the Inyo County Water Department on Friday, as […]

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River recreation plan goes public

The long anticipated draft version of the LORP Recreation Use Plan is now available on the Lower Owens River website (lowerowensriver.org). The plan will be presented to the public by recreation design firm MIG, on Friday, February 24. The plan was designed to balance the needs to protect the recovering ecosystem, respect traditional values and […]

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