Mono County addresses drought

– Mono County press release

Water conservation is on the minds of all Californians this summer, and Mono County is doing its part to save this precious resource.

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County staff is addressing drought-related issues on many fronts, from implementing water use reductions to providing information to our visitors. The county public works department’s facilities staff is taking measures to reduce water consumption at or beyond the governor’s 25% mandate.

While this mandate only applies to urban water users, facilities staff was proactive in seeing how such a reduction could be accomplished on county-owned parks, fields and landscaping.

For county properties with individual wells, the irrigation schedule was cut from 6 days a week, twice a day, to 4 days a week, once a day, reducing overall usage by close to 50% for those properties.

Irrigation at county parks and facilities in Bridgeport, Lee Vining and June Lake now follows the restrictions laid out by the Public Utility Districts that serve these areas.

Generally, these restrictions allow for irrigation on 3 specific days per week, and cut previous use by as much as 50%.

“We believe this approach will not have long-term detrimental effects to landscaping or fields, but we will monitor the impact and make adjustments as necessary,” said Parks and Facilities Superintendent Joe Blanchard.

Other conservation efforts include shutting off all irrigation systems during recent storm cycles, which gave a nearly two-week reprieve to the county’s water supply. Staff is also installing rain sensors on irrigation systems county-wide.

Additionally, a recently developed overflow system is being installed at the Crowley Lake ball field will capture runoff from the well’s pressure relief valve and will be used to irrigate new trees.  “We are continuing to look at a numerous other avenues to conserve water and will keep you posted on our progress,” said Blanchard.

Beyond these on-the-ground conservation measures, the County’s economic development and tourism department is working to spread the word that our natural-flow lakes are full of water and trout, encouraging visitors to “c’mon up, the water’s fine.”

An exceptionally wet May has helped boost river and stream levels, as well, and water-based recreation this summer is off to a good start for visitors and residents alike.

At its June 2 meeting, the Board of Supervisors directed county staff to communicate these conservation and awareness efforts. “We hope this will start a conversation about the impacts of drought in Mono County, and that we can engage our residents and visitors in the stewardship of water,” said Supervisor Stacy Corless. Please visit www.mono.ca.gov to get more information about Mono County’s water conservation efforts, and to share your comments.

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The Mammoth Community Water District’s Consumer Confidence Report on water quality during 2014 is now available at the District office and at the Mammoth Lakes Library and can be viewed or downloaded from the District’s website,http://www.mcwd.dst.ca.us/assets/ccr2014.pdf.  Water delivered by the MCWD in 2014 met all state and federal water quality standards.

The report includes detailed information regarding the community’s water supplies such as where your water comes from, what constituents were detected in 2014, and how it compares to state and federal standards.

For questions about the Consumer Confidence Report, please contact the District during normal business hours at (760) 934-2596.

 

 

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4 Responses to Mono County addresses drought

  1. Dr. Aqua June 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    In other words:

    “Mono County figures out there’s a drought; decides to use less water.”

     
  2. Rick O'Brien June 18, 2015 at 2:32 am #

    When I drove by Bridgeport Res. in late April, it was lower than I’ve seen it in 30 years.No snow melt to feed the lake…. With no lake water to release into the East Walker, there IS no East Walker below the dam. All the wildlife, deer, mountain lions, antelope, otters,beaver,and even bear (and Cattle) between Bridgeport and the Walker River Indian Reservation will have nothing to drink. The lack of water flow downstream has already killed Walker Lake in Nevada. Now the farmers in Yerington will get no irrigation for their crops.
    This is some serious …. No one to blame but Mother Nature. I’m just venting.

     
  3. Clyde A June 19, 2015 at 7:06 am #

    Interesting! Ranchers in the county have no plan to cut surface irrigation. In fact the two I know have said they will take there allotted water no matter what. Why cannot everyone share in the pain.

     
  4. Bport Local June 19, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    In Bridgeport, the town wells are full and will be for a long time. We could, but we don’t, water our lawns like there is no tomorrow. The snow run off is a completely other, sad problem for our lakes and rivers. We also know, we are in this together. The business owners have all the appropriate signage and have encouraging water conservation for sometime. All of us, in the town of Bridgeport will continue to work together to protect our beautiful valley – that means ranchers, business owners, county employees and residents.

     

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