Tag Archives | owens dry lake

So. Inyo to Mammoth -it’s a water dance

Drought makes all water uses shaky. For those locked in a reluctant relationship with the Department of Water and Power, it’s worse. Officials in our two counties have begun the dance to secure water. Inyo Supervisors wrote down their views on the Owens Dry Lake. They will likely pass a drought proclamation on Tuesday, and […]

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ICSO still investigates organized thefts

In December, the Inyo Sheriff’s Office arrested three men in connection with equipment thefts from the Department of Water and Power. Now, the Sheriff and other law enforcement agencies are investigating other equipment thefts from several construction sites in Inyo, Kern and San Bernardino Counties. Inyo Sheriff Bill Lutze said easily moveable tools and other […]

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Dust pollution declared carcinogenic

This month, the World Health Organization declared air pollution a human carcinogen, calling it a leading cause of cancer deaths globally. The WHO labeled air pollution as the highest of the agency’s four-level classification system. What about the Owens Dry Lake dust? Air Pollution Control District Director Ted Schade responded to our questions about that. […]

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LORP from Inyo Water Dept.

Watershed Project presentation on Saturday

- Press release from Eastern California Museum: The largest river restoration project in the nation is underway in the Owens Valley, and one group has been observing the project’s progress for the past 11 years. Beginning with collecting baseline data from a dry riverbed, the river watchers then waded into a flowing river to continue […]

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Air angst, archaeology and an appeal

With the discovery on the Owens Dry Lake of archaeological remains of Paiute Indians and a legal fight over more dry lake clean-up, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Air Pollution Control District remain at odds. There are other problems, too. The Los Angeles Times recently revealed that an area designated […]

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(l-r) Bill Van Waggoner, Owens Lake Mgr. and Water Operations Director Martin Adams at Commission meeting.

Are Owens Valley concerns really heard?

This week, Inyo Supervisors heard more about the Department of Water and Power’s new Owens Lake Master Project and LA’s desire to cut in half water used to control dry lake dust. They all expressed concern that some of the water savings should go to the Owens Valley and its ranchers. DWP Water Operations Director […]

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DWP Director of Water Operations, Martin Adams

LADWP offers plan, makes no water promises

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Director of Water Operations, Martin Adams, returned to the Inyo Supervisors Tuesday with a project plan concept for the Owens Dry Lake. Bottom line – DWP wants to cut water use for dust control at the lake by half, pump water from under the lake, limit future […]

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LA Times chronicles Schade's battle with DWP.

LA Times profiles APCD’s Ted Schade

The Los Angeles Times focused on one man in the Owens Valley in the Sunday edition. Reporter Louis Sahagun compared Air Pollution Control District Director Ted Schade to Gary Cooper in the classic film, “High Noon.” Schade’s battle, not with old west villains, but with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The article […]

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Reports of lock downs and document seizures at LADWP

It was a day of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power rumors in the Sierra Wave newsroom. Emails, calls and visits reported that guards locked down all three Owens Valley DWP offices and took documents, that officials took documents from the Owens Dry Lake office, and that computers were taken from the Mojave DWP […]

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LA Times reveals LADWP plan

Los Angeles’s mayor had no comment in an LA Times story Sunday that said the Department of Water and Power does not want to clean up the rest of the Owens Dry Lake dust and wants the State Lands Commission to do it. LADWP and the Great Basin Air Pollution Control District signed an agreement […]

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