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Great Basin files CEQA documents for Owens Lake

From Inyo County The following documents filed and/or posted on April 14, 2016 in the County Clerk’s Office pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA): Document Type:  NOTICE OF DETERMINATION Project Title:  GREAT BASIN UNIFIED AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT BOARD ORDER #160413-01 AUTHORIZED BY CALIFORNIA HEALTH & SAFETY CODE SECTION 42316 FOR THE CITY […]

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Shallow-flooded pool rimmed by a brine fly buffet for migratory birds

Celebratory tour of Owens Lake

By Deb Murphy Politics were left behind at Wednesday afternoon’s tour of the Owens Lake dust mitigation project as air pollution district board members and staff joined Los Angeles staff and interested parties to get a first-hand look at the 110-square miles of controversy. The tour was celebratory, showing off dust control methods that were […]

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Ted Schade, former Great Basin Air Pollution Control Officer, attended the meeting and tour as a private citizen, voicing his approval of the new State Implementation Plan.

Great Basin board approves Owens Lake control plan

By Deb Murphy Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District’s Board of Directors took about an hour Wednesday morning to approve a revised State Implementation Plan to bring the Owens Lake into compliance with PM10 regulations while saving water and providing habitat values on the massive project. The 557-pages of documentation was the product of […]

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Report from Standing Committee meeting

By Deb Murphy Thursday’s Standing Committee meeting was a little like taking a seat at a sumptuous meal, but coming away still hungry. There were the usual reports, agreements that staff would discuss ongoing issues, issues that were beyond the purview of either the committee or the Long Term Water Agreement, but nothing really satisfying. […]

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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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Walking Water: ‘In Celebration on Water’

Walking Water Public Events Talking Water Series 2015 ** UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ** 1. Walking Water Opening Ceremony: “In Celebration of Water” Date: Tuesday, September 1st Time: 9:00–10.30am Location: Cattleguard Campground, Lee Vining, California Description: Opening Ceremony and Tribal welcome with members of the Mono Lake […]

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dry lake

Inyo Supervisors discuss groundwater extraction

Pumping the aquifer under Owens Lake to meet dust mitigation and habitat requirements has been the elephant in the room for a very long time. The question of whether groundwater extraction under the lake is governed by the Long Term Water Agreement or not may never be resolved, but pumping will be a hot topic […]

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Owens Lake Helicopter

LADWP collects data with pilot study

– Press release from LADWP LADWP UTILIZING NONINVASIVE STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY TO MAP UNDERGROUND TOPOGRAPHY, PROTECT HABITAT Bishop, CA – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) hydrologists are utilizing Airborne Electromagnetic Surveying in a pilot study Saturday, July 25, Sunday, July 26 and Monday, July 27 at Owens Lake near Highway 395 to better […]

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Owens Lake Master Project EIR update

The first step toward the Environmental Impact Report on the Owens Lake Master Project was taken Wednesday afternoon in Bishop. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power held a scoping meeting outlining the project elements and potential impacts of dust mitigation and habitat development on the 110-square mile dry lake. The second meeting will […]

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Gillies at Keeler Dunes

Iranian scientists visit Owens Lake

– Press release from Great Basin Air Pollution Control District A State Department-sponsored tour brought a delegation of twelve scientists to the US from Iran to consult with their counterparts on issues related to water shortages in the southwest US.       Researchers from Iranian universities with backgrounds in civil engineering, hydrology, geochemistry and […]

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