Tag Archives | Owens Valley Committee


Changes could come to LORP

By Deb Murphy A light at the end of the Lower Owens River canal began to shine after 4-1/2 hours of presentations and discussions Wednesday in Independence. As the packed Board of Supervisor chambers began to empty following the Lower Owens River Project Annual Report meeting, Sierra Club representatives and Los Angeles Department of Water […]

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LORP from Inyo Water Dept.

LORP recommendations meeting Wednesday

By Deb Murphy While the Lower Owens River Project showed promise in the early rush of water down the channel, progress has slowed and conditions are trending in the wrong direction. The historic river restoration project is caught between nature and project management mandates, a stalemate waiting to be broken, hopefully, following this Wednesday’s public […]

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More on Blackrock 94 settlement

Short of getting the Department of Water and Power to admit that groundwater pumping lowers the water table and kills plants, the currently proposed resolution to the Blackrock 94 dispute does reduce groundwater pumping and embarks on a prescribed burn project to restore 665 acres of meadow. At least one citizens’ group and some individuals […]

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LORP questions: OVC discovers water pumped back to aqueduct could fill South Lake

New Owens Valley Committee Board Investigates Lower Owens River Project   (Press Release) Owens Valley Committee (OVC) is watching to ensure the goals of the Inyo/LA Water Agreement and its numerous mitigation projects are met.  OVC members, including new Board President Mary Roper, convened a study session regarding the Lower Owens River Project (LORP) on […]

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More on solar concerns

  With County plans for solar development sites much reduced, uncertainties still remain until the Planning Department Staff comes back to the Board of Supervisors with a final revision of the Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment. During the Tuesday discussions about solar development, some legal and environmental issues came up. Don Mooney, attorney for the […]

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Showdown on industrial solar

A public showdown will unfold Tuesday when the Inyo Board of Supervisors offer their comments on the Draft Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment and its solar and wind development areas. The agenda lists this item at 1:30pm and says that the Board’s input will lead to revision of the plan that will become the project […]

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OVC fundraiser draws big donations

Just How Successful was OVC Fundraiser? Very! By Charles James Saturday’s Owens Valley Committee fundraiser held at the Mountain Light Gallery with guest speaker, Bill Powers, on “Solar done right” attracted close to 200 supporters. Not only was the fundraiser successful in drawing supporters, but it also raised a considerable sum of money through donations, […]

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OVC VP lays out action plans

As the Owens Valley Committee put on its annual fundraiser Saturday at Mountain Light Gallery, one of the speakers got down to action on environmental concerns. Vice President of the Committee, Daniel Pritchett, pointed to Inyo County’s large-scale solar development plan and how to fight it. Pritchett asked the crowd of 150 or more to […]

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