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A flood control pond on the Owens Lake hosts birds and creates a scenic landscape, thanks to the Sierra in the background. Photo by Robin Black

‘Life on the Lake’ opens Saturday at Eastern California Museum

Press release The Eastern California Museum in Independence will unveil its newest exhibit, Life on the Lake, on Saturday March 5, from 2-5 p.m. The photo exhibit combines contemporary and historic photos of the Owens Lake to explore its “recent” transformation from an active industrial location to a source of hazardous dust to a budding […]

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Inyo Supervisors and Water Commission – it’s complicated

By Deb Murphy The Inyo County Board of Supervisors acknowledged the complexity of water issues in Inyo County at Tuesday’s meeting. What it didn’t do was accept recommendations presented by Water Commission Chair Mike Prather and Commissioner Craig Patton. While the details of mitigation projects, groundwater basins and pumping impacts may be complicated, to Prather […]

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LA meeting on solar ranch draws opposition

At a meeting in Los Angeles Saturday, Japanese-Americans and Owens Valley people expressed their views on Department of Water and Power’s plans to build a mega-solar plant across from the Manzanar Historic Site in the Owens Valley. According to local people at the meeting, DWP also extended the public comment period, for the second time, […]

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Phoebe Prather and Jake greet the first trickle of water in the Lower Owens River in November of 2006, when water was returned to the formerly dry streambed. Note the tumbleweeds, dead trees and bone dry riverbed. Today, water has brought new life to 62 miles of the Lower Owens River. Photo by Mike Prather.

Wade and learn at the Lower Owens River

– Press release  The public is invited to wade into the middle of the Lower Owens River and soak up the latest developments and information about the massive river restoration project. The field trip is being led by Leigh Parmenter and Katie Quinlan, the principles of the Eastern Sierra Watershed Project, which is part of […]

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Inyo Supervisors lodge critical comments on DWP solar project

Inyo County Planning staff wrote strong comments of concern about the Department of Water and Power’s proposed mega-solar project south of Independence. Tuesday, the Inyo Supervisors were supportive of the concerns. The Supervisors made some changes and voted unanimously to send a letter and the Planning Staff comments to DWP during the comment period which […]

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Seats available on Inyo Water Commission

The Inyo Water Commission was formed under the Long-Term Water Agreement between Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in the early 90s. It was designed to be the public body that connects the people of the Owens Valley to water issues. Inyo County recently announced that two seats on the […]

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Metabolic Studio: Conversations About Water

The Metabolic Studio is Hosting Conversations About Water during the Centenary of the LA Owens River Aqueduct. CONVERSATION 33: Bad Day at Blackrock:  Water Management, Self Deception, and Colonial Rule in the Owens Valley.  This Conversation, led by Owens Valley Committee member Daniel Pritchett, will  examine the Black Rock area as a case study of […]

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Eastern Sierra Audubon Society events

– Press releases from the Eastern Sierra Audubon Society: Shorebird Field Trip Learn how to identify those pesky peeps. No longer must you hide from those darned Dowitchers. Be able to walk confidently into the richest shorebird habitat in Inyo County with your head held high. Join Jon Dunn and Mike Prather Saturday, August 17, […]

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Inyo Water Commission appointments

As expected, the Inyo Supervisors played it safe with their appointments to the Inyo Water Commission.  They re-appointed Mike Prather and added former Bishop Police Chief and former City Councilman Bruce Dishion to the list. Left on the cutting room floor again were former Water Department vegetation specialist Sally Manning, a vocal critic of the […]

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