Tag Archives | Department of Water and Power

Administrator talks “structural deficit”

Depending on how you look at things, Inyo County could be a total of $6.3 million in the hole in what the County Administrator called a “structural deficit” when he reported to the Board on Tuesday. CAO Kevin Carunchio said the $6.3 million could be a “hard number”. He added that department revenues could also […]

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Inyo Supervisors: water systems, senior lunches

Some 25 years ago, the Inyo Supervisors decided to let the Department of Water and Power transfer towns water systems to Inyo County under the Long Term Water Agreement. Ultimately, the County hoped Community Service Districts in Lone Pine, Independence and Laws would take them over. The aging of the communities and the enormous cost […]

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BCWA asks Edison to modify creek flows

The Bishop Creek Water Association Board recently voted to send a letter to Southern California Edison asking for modification of Bishop Creek flows to keep water in the upper lakes and water flowing down the creek as long as possible this summer. The letter, signed by Water Association President Steve Stevens, points to the “very […]

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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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Edison says creek managed to maintain flows

Both Edison and Department of Water and Power officials have hinted at possible talks and plans to keep water flowing down Bishop Creek this summer in view of the third drought year. Now, Edison says they did make an earlier decision to manage flows to help keep water flowing into West Bishop. We asked Debbie […]

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A way to drought compromise, but no resolution yet

If the Department of Water and Power, Southern California Edison, DWP lessees, and Inyo County can all agree, management of water in the Bishop Creek drainage this summer may take place to keep some water in the lakes, streams, private ditches, and ranch pastures. At this point, it’s all still an “if”. No meetings on […]

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Official water year shows grim snowpack

The cut-off for determination of the water year for 2014-15 happened on April 1st. Though recent storms lifted the snowpack some, the overall picture looms well below normal. The Department of Water and Power’s measurements show the Mammoth Pass Snowpack at 18.3 inches of water content – just above the driest year.  Mammoth Community Water […]

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Low snowpack means tight grip on water

At the end of this month, water officials calculate the so-called “water year.” This year promises to add up to one of the lowest snowpacks on record. The Department of Water and Power recently re-measured snow up in the hills, and Mammoth Community Water District’s Manager talked about the consequences in front of the Mammoth […]

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Here we go again

In a series of contradictory moves, the Department of Water and Power refused to go along with wishes of the Lone Pine school farm on water needs – that was at the Standing Committee meeting, then they unilaterally issued a lease changing the location of the long-established farm and then they switched course again. The […]

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