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Standing Committee – framework for reductions collapses

By Deb Murphy Thursday’s Standing Committee meeting was a riveting tennis match of semantics and legalese. In the end the committee couldn’t agree on a framework for or anything related to reasonable reductions to agriculture which means the status quo is maintained and agricultural leases will get 45,000 acre-feet for irrigation. The only potential ag […]

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Technical Group sets stage for Standing Committee meeting; plus Inyo Supervisors news

By Deb Murphy Inyo County representatives on the Technical Group held their ground on issues to be decided at this Thursday’s Standing Committee meeting: No test pumping on wells at Five Bridges until the mitigation reaches sustainable goals; the County still wants to see a California Environmental Quality Act analysis before new wells can be […]

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Little action at Standing Committee meeting

By Deb Murphy With a little wordsmithing, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s request for an okay on the development of a plan to reduce water allocations for irrigation and mitigation projects in the event of a fifth consecutive year of drought came before Monday’s Standing Committee meeting in Independence. The re-wording made […]

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MOU partners meet

The Memorandum of Understanding partners met last Thursday in an effort to re-allocate what little water there is to keep area ranchers’ in business. According to Inyo County Water Department Director Bob Harrington, the meeting resulted in a potential 4,000-5,000 acre-feet of water that could be added to the 16,500 acre-feet scheduled for irrigation this […]

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DWP Director of Water Operations, Marty Adams

Update from Standing Committee meeting

Numbers and locations have been thrown out since Monday’s Tech Group meeting, but the final decision on how to provide adequate irrigation for Owens Valley agriculture was postponed at Thursday’s Standing Committee meeting. Farmers and ranchers will have to wait until June 4 to know how many cuts they’ll get from their alfalfa fields, how […]

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Blackrock plant loss still under discussion

The Inyo-Los Angeles Water Agreement was based on what amounts to a 1 to 1 vote over objections. Inyo gets one vote and LA gets one vote. That means LA can hang up Inyo’s concerns for a long time. Take the Black Rock area north of Independence, known as Blackrock 94. Inyo began to see […]

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Inyo-LA Standing Committee talks water

This time when Los Angeles comes to Inyo County for a meeting, citizens have real, material complaints. A school farm project has dragged on, and many mitigation measures have never happened. Plus, Inyo has a Drought Proclamation that points out dry wells in Bishop. Ranchers have also suffered a loss of water by DWP. The […]

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