In other news from the Inyo Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, the board approved a two day tire amnesty event. On Friday April 18th and Saturday April 19th, Inyo County residents can drop off old tires at the county landfills in Independence, Lone Pine, and Bishop, without paying a fee. The rules are only nine tires at a time. Chuck Hamilton explained to the board that these events typically bring in about 1100 used tires to be recycled.
The Board approved an agreement to do work on DWP property. Public Works Director Ron Chegwidden explained that the agreement allows the contractor to start work on the two steel reservoir tanks in Independence to replace the reservoir that was damaged by the Inyo Complex fires last summer. The work is expected to be finished in September, though Chegwidden explained that he was working with the contractor to possibly accelerate the process.
The board also signed off on a federally funded plan to drill a test well outside of Inyo County, in Nye County Nevada. The idea is to fill in the details on how water from the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump connects with groundwater under Death Valley National Park.
Work on the Environmental Impact Report for the Coso Geothermal Power Plant plan to use groundwater from the Coso Junction area in their turbines moves ahead. The Supervisors signed off on a contract amendment to raise the amount of money Coso pays to the county for staff time on the EIR.