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The owner of this home is waiting for the water to recede so he can replace his sprinkler line. Earlier this week, the groundwater was up to the top of the board.

Inyo County seeks state aid in West Bishop water issues

Press release The County of Inyo, with assistance from the California Department of Water Resources, is taking major steps to address a situation plaguing West Bishop in the form of wildly fluctuating hydrological conditions. Responding to a request from the Inyo County Board of Supervisors, two experts with the CDWR arrived in Bishop this week to assess the […]

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Little action at Standing Committee meeting

By Deb Murphy With a little wordsmithing, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s request for an okay on the development of a plan to reduce water allocations for irrigation and mitigation projects in the event of a fifth consecutive year of drought came before Monday’s Standing Committee meeting in Independence. The re-wording made […]

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Letter: ‘Officials understate failure of LTWA management’

The following letter was submitted by Daniel Pritchett of Bishop: The OpEd from Bob Harrington (Inyo Register 10/24/15) contained a review of language in the Inyo-LA Long Term Water Agreement (LTWA) regarding groundwater pumping and new wells.  It was also a good example of how county officials intentionally understate the failure of LTWA management. Specifically, […]

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MOU partners meet

The Memorandum of Understanding partners met last Thursday in an effort to re-allocate what little water there is to keep area ranchers’ in business. According to Inyo County Water Department Director Bob Harrington, the meeting resulted in a potential 4,000-5,000 acre-feet of water that could be added to the 16,500 acre-feet scheduled for irrigation this […]

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DWP Director of Water Operations, Marty Adams

Update from Standing Committee meeting

Numbers and locations have been thrown out since Monday’s Tech Group meeting, but the final decision on how to provide adequate irrigation for Owens Valley agriculture was postponed at Thursday’s Standing Committee meeting. Farmers and ranchers will have to wait until June 4 to know how many cuts they’ll get from their alfalfa fields, how […]

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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 […]

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Reaction to OVC’s press release on LORP

By Deb Murphy With the Owens Valley Committee conditions on the table, it’s now up to the other five Memorandum of Understanding partners to pick up the discussion that just may result in in the Lower Owens River Project, Phase II. The OVC Board of Directors issued its press release Tuesday listing nine conditions. If […]

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Still dim numbers for water content

By Deb Murphy While some Southern California weathermen optimistically look at current conditions as a glass half full, the truth is the glass isn’t even half full. Try less than 10 percent full. Inyo County Water Department Director Bob Harrington delivered the latest numbers at Monday evening’s meeting of the Water Commission. The only optimistic […]

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Water for ranch leases still questionable

While there has been no help for water in the Bishop Creek drainage, questions also remain about leases for Department of Water and Power ranchers. In late March, Inyo Water Director Bob Harrington wrote a letter to Department of Water and Power Manager Jim Yannotta to say that new ranch leases give less water and […]

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Layoff impacts up for discussion in Inyo

Inyo County government still has considerable money problems and has broached the subject of potential layoffs with employee bargaining groups. Today an item on the Board of Supervisors agenda speaks to layoff discussions and the layoff of three positions. Item 13 from Personnel asks the Board to give directions to initiate layoff discussions with employee […]

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Will Inyo fight DWP pumping rate this year?

To show how little power Inyo County has over groundwater pumping, the Department of Water and Power has ignored Inyo’s request for less pumping and will march right ahead with 91,000 acre feet of pumped water this year. Inyo Supervisors had supported 68,500 acre feet to allow the huge run-off to restore some of the […]

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