Tag Archives | Department of Water and Power

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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Inyo invites LADWP

More complex than a wedding invitation – Inyo County’s discussion over whether or not and how to send a letter to the Department of Water and Power to invite officials to come to a Board meeting to update Inyo on LA’s solar project plans. After a lengthy conversation with public comments, the Board did vote […]

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Snowpack inches along

The recent storms did give the Eastern Sierra snowpack a bump, but just a bump.  On the Department of Water and Power website, the current precipitation charts show Mammoth Pass water content barely above the driest year on record, which is the snowpack of 1976-77. This year’s snowpack looms way below last year and below […]

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More mitigation projects undone

In a list of some 55 mitigation projects the Department of Water and Power was required to complete in a signed agreement more than 20 years ago, nearly half are undone or have problems. Earlier we ran through missing mitigation in the Laws and Bishop areas. We now pick up the examination at Klondike Lake […]

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LA exacts more water and fails to honor agreement

To cover Department of Water and Power and Inyo County meetings is painful. LA takes on the role of Colonial overlord and Inyo usually asks for crumbs in one way or another. This time, at the Inyo-LA Standing Committee meeting on Friday in Independence, Inyo officials did stand up against DWP’s years-long broken promises, but […]

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Groundwater pumping unmitigated

Seventeen years after Inyo County and the Department of Water and Power signed the Long Term Water Agreement, DWP has not completed many mitigation projects listed in a 1991 Environmental Impact Report and designed to make up for widespread damage done by groundwater pumps and abandoned agricultural fields to supply water to the second aqueduct. […]

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Mitigation undone

25 years ago, the Department of Water and Power agreed on an Enhancement/ Mitigation project in southern Inyo that ultimately led to adding 30 acre feet of water for a high school farm project. Today, the Van Norman Enhancement/ Mitigation project and the high school farm remain undone. Brenda Lacey, Agriculture Instructor at Lone Pine […]

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DWP responds to Crowley rumor

As fears of drought grow, so do rumors. One that came to our newsroom was that the Department of Water and Power planned to drain Crowley Lake. Chris Plakos of DWP Public Relations said that’s not true. Plakos said, “Rumors that LADWP is planning on draining Crowley Lake are unfounded and incorrect. LADWP understands the […]

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