Tag Archives | owens dry lake

Owens Dry Lake

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 […]

Continue Reading · 5

So. Inyo to Mammoth -it’s a water dance

Drought makes all water uses shaky. For those locked in a reluctant relationship with the Department of Water and Power, it’s worse. Officials in our two counties have begun the dance to secure water. Inyo Supervisors wrote down their views on the Owens Dry Lake. They will likely pass a drought proclamation on Tuesday, and […]

Continue Reading · 3

ICSO still investigates organized thefts

In December, the Inyo Sheriff’s Office arrested three men in connection with equipment thefts from the Department of Water and Power. Now, the Sheriff and other law enforcement agencies are investigating other equipment thefts from several construction sites in Inyo, Kern and San Bernardino Counties. Inyo Sheriff Bill Lutze said easily moveable tools and other […]

Continue Reading · 0

Dust pollution declared carcinogenic

This month, the World Health Organization declared air pollution a human carcinogen, calling it a leading cause of cancer deaths globally. The WHO labeled air pollution as the highest of the agency’s four-level classification system. What about the Owens Dry Lake dust? Air Pollution Control District Director Ted Schade responded to our questions about that. […]

Continue Reading · 5

LADWP Commission insists on accountability for $40 million

While Department of Water and Power officials gripe about having to spend money to clean up the Owens Dry Lake and other projects here, they are under the gun of their own Commission to account for spending $40 million through two trusts for reasons unknown. At a meeting earlier this month, DWP Commissioners demanded an […]

Continue Reading · 8

Watershed Project presentation on Saturday

– Press release from Eastern California Museum: The largest river restoration project in the nation is underway in the Owens Valley, and one group has been observing the project’s progress for the past 11 years. Beginning with collecting baseline data from a dry riverbed, the river watchers then waded into a flowing river to continue […]

Continue Reading · 2

Air angst, archaeology and an appeal

With the discovery on the Owens Dry Lake of archaeological remains of Paiute Indians and a legal fight over more dry lake clean-up, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Air Pollution Control District remain at odds. There are other problems, too. The Los Angeles Times recently revealed that an area designated […]

Continue Reading · 45

Are Owens Valley concerns really heard?

This week, Inyo Supervisors heard more about the Department of Water and Power’s new Owens Lake Master Project and LA’s desire to cut in half water used to control dry lake dust. They all expressed concern that some of the water savings should go to the Owens Valley and its ranchers. DWP Water Operations Director […]

Continue Reading · 37

LADWP offers plan, makes no water promises

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Director of Water Operations, Martin Adams, returned to the Inyo Supervisors Tuesday with a project plan concept for the Owens Dry Lake. Bottom line – DWP wants to cut water use for dust control at the lake by half, pump water from under the lake, limit future […]

Continue Reading · 9

LA Times profiles APCD’s Ted Schade

The Los Angeles Times focused on one man in the Owens Valley in the Sunday edition. Reporter Louis Sahagun compared Air Pollution Control District Director Ted Schade to Gary Cooper in the classic film, “High Noon.” Schade’s battle, not with old west villains, but with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The article […]

Continue Reading · 10