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A tour of LORP, ending at ‘The Islands’

By Deb Murphy Nearly 12 years have passed since then Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa performed the ceremonial re-watering of the Lower Owens River, declaring “This is a new chapter in our relationship with the Owens Valley.” He may have been overly optimistic, but the Lower Owens River Project is still a work in progress […]

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More from Lone Pine town meeting

By Deb Murphy In addition to Portagee Joe, Fifth District Supervisor Matt Kingsley’s town meeting in Lone Pine recently covered a range of topics. Here are the highlights: Kingsley asked for patience as the County wrangles with the house-sized boulders clogging the newly-paved Mount Whitney Portal Road. “I think we can deal with this before […]

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Inyo County approves LORP enhancement

By Deb Murphy “Woody recruitment,” the official term used to describe tree-let volunteers, will get a helping hand along the banks of the Lower Owens River next month. Inyo County has contracted with The Landscape Center to start planting willow and cottonwood pole cuttings starting in early February. A tree-lined river was part of the […]

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LADWP issues Owens Valley draft operations report

Press release BISHOP – The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) released the draft 2016 Annual Owens Valley Report that identifies water available for uses in Owens Valley and for export to Los Angeles. LADWP will meet its commitment for in-Valley uses this runoff year. In-Valley uses listed in the report include irrigation […]

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Annual update on Lower Owens River Project

By Deb Murphy The Lower Owens River Project Annual Reports of years past, 2014 and 13 specifically, were long, jam-packed, border-line raucous gatherings spurred on by Ecosystem Sciences’ consultants. This year’s, held January 13 with no consultants present, — not so much. The presentations from Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Lori Dermody and […]

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Updates on Inyo County water issues

Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power clearly defined water reductions to the McNally Pond project at Tuesday’s Technical Group Meeting. LADWP’s motion to eliminate water supplies to the waterfowl ponds and adjacent 100-acre native pastureland west of U.S. 6 north of Bishop this runoff year was approved and will be […]

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Update from Standing Committee meeting

Numbers and locations have been thrown out since Monday’s Tech Group meeting, but the final decision on how to provide adequate irrigation for Owens Valley agriculture was postponed at Thursday’s Standing Committee meeting. Farmers and ranchers will have to wait until June 4 to know how many cuts they’ll get from their alfalfa fields, how […]

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