“The Mono Lake Committee is thrilled to announce the completion of an innovative agreement with the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) that will result in a significant leap forward in restoration of the health of fisheries, streamside forests, birds, and wildlife on 19 miles of Mono Basin streams, all without reducing water exports to Los Angeles.
“A key element of the agreement, reached jointly with CalTrout and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, is DWP’s commitment to modernize antiquated aqueduct infrastr
“State fisheries biologist Dave Lentz poured poison into a remote High Sierra stream and watched quietly as every rainbow and golden trout in the water turned belly up. After the rotenone spread along 11 miles of Silver King Creek last Wednesday, other biologists poured in a neutralizing agent, making the river again habitable — and a suitable home for the rarest trout in the world.
“According to Inyo County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Carma Roper, the multi-agency strike team removed about 4,000 marijuana plants from the site, as well as 350 pounds of processed marijuana that was ready for transport and sale. …
‘Marijuana cultivation causes extreme damage to ecosystems,’ Roper said. “As part of the illegal cultivation process, growers are responsible for using miles of plastic tubing and diverting water from natural sources for crop irrigation.
“On November 5, 1913, the Los Angeles Aqueduct delivered Owens Valley water to Los Angeles for the first time. This year, the City of Los Angeles marks the hundredth anniversary of its engineering marvel with celebrations, websites, exhibits, a centennial garden, and even a hundred mules walking on the aqueduct.”
“The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is preparing to activate a dormant well in Rose Valley, where Coso Geothermal is currently pumping up to 3,000 acre-feet of water each year for its operations.”
“The last two years have seen drought conditions in the Eastern Sierra, one explanation for the 2,900 acre-feet of water in South Lake in June of this year, according to the California Department of Water Resources’ Data Exchange Center. During the five-year drought that ran from 1987 to 1992, the lowest level for the month of June at South Lake was 4,238 acre-feet recorded in June, 1988.”
“Yosemite National Park‘s long-running effort to finish a protection plan for the Merced River will take a little longer.
“The U.S. District Court in Fresno Thursday granted a delay in the controversial plan until Dec. 31. It was supposed to be completed by July 31 — a date set by a previous request for a delay. Yosemite needs time to process more than 30,000 comments received this year on the draft.”
“The Merced River, which runs through the heart of the mile-wide Yosemite Valley, is at the core of the planning process for the future: How to deal with recurring flood issues – remember the flood of winter 1996-97? How to deal with the potential of significant rock falls – remember the 2008 Glacier Point rock fall? How to preserve and restore wild and scenic features of the river.”
“Los Angeles and the Owens Valley have reached a settlement in their dispute over new measures to control dust storms that have blown across the eastern Sierra Nevada since L.A. opened an aqueduct a century ago that drained Owens Lake.”
“From working to restore headwaters through our Meadow Restoration program, to learning about issues in the Central Valley and the Bay Delta, and everything in between, I’ve come to realize that the rivers truly do connect us.”
“After a campaign of smart politics but small ideas, Eric Garcetti is poised to take the office that he won last month. As he does, here’s an item worthy of his agenda: Make peace with the Owens Valley.
Residents of the Owens Valley rely heavily on Los Angeles; some even live in houses that they lease from the city’s Department of Water and Power, by far the largest landowner in the picturesque towns of the Eastern Sierra. And yet, many residents are understandably resentful of Los Angeles.
A three-year, $25 million stored water leasing demonstration program negotiated between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Walker River Irrigation District remains in the “paperwork stage” as the effort awaits the acquisition of the temporary paper approvals from neighboring California, and the hope is that the program can be initiated in the spring of 2014 – if the area experiences a good water year this next fall and winter.