Tag Archives | Ted Schade

LADWP/GBAPCD settle lawsuits over dust control and look forward to more use of waterless control methods without harming wildlife

City of Los Angeles and Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District Reach Historic Comprehensive Agreement on Owens Lake Dust Mitigation LOS ANGELES and BISHOP, CA – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA City Attorney Mike Feuer, DWP Commission President Mel Levine and Owens Valley air pollution control representatives Ron Hames, Linda Arcularius and Matt […]

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MCWD Manager Patrick Hayes

MCWD repeats concerns in press conference

Due to all of their concerns with the proposed expansion of the Geothermal Plant in Mammoth Lakes, the Mammoth Community Water District held a press conference on August 21. The meeting took place the morning before the Long Valley Caldera workshop hosted by Ormat Technologies in Suite Z and was an opportunity for the press […]

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Rudolph Construction gets animal shelter bid

With a quick move, the Inyo Public Works Department presented a bid award for construction of the new Animal Shelter to the Supervisors Tuesday. The low bid went to Rudolph Construction at $699,960. Deputy Public Works Director Jim Tatum said the organization ICARE would provide $416,000 of that money and the County, $375,000. Later, the […]

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Consultant Bill Taylor worked on original Air Quality Plan as a Town planner.

Town Council adopts updated air plan

Twenty-some years ago, Mammoth Lakes used to choke through major air pollution in winter months. Wood-burning stoves and road cinders clouded the air and violated national and state air quality standards. The Town adopted an Air Quality Management Plan in 1990 and stayed within national standards four years later. With some state standard violations on […]

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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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LADWP loses yet another court case

Court dismisses another attempt by the Los Angeles Department of Water to sueAir District in Owens Lake fee case     (Press Release) Today, the Kern County Superior Court in Bakersfield dismissed a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power counter-suit against the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District.  The countersuit was in response […]

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LADWP loses federal case

For Immediate Release: Federal Court Ends Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Lawsuit in Owens Lake case Date: May 2, 2013 Today, the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s high-profile lawsuit against the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and other environmental agencies was dismissed by the U.S. District Court […]

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Letter to the editor: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”

Submitted by Daniel Pritchett of Bishop I recently compared DWP’s announcement of its decision to abandon Owens Lake Master Plan negotiations to a “Dear John” letter ending a relationship.  I also posed the rhetorical question of whether the jilted parties (local environmental groups and agencies) would learn from the experience to be more skeptical of […]

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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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LADWP goes back to Inyo Supervisors

Eager to push their latest Owens Dry Lake plan, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will send their Water Operations Director Martin Adams back to the Inyo Supervisors meeting Tuesday. Put simply, that plan could accelerate past the Owens Dry Lake Planning Group, would seek to eliminate any more dust controls at the […]

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Letter to the editor: “Love ‘em and leave ‘em”

Love ‘em and Leave ‘em by Daniel Pritchett, Bishop Los Angeles’ conquest of Owens Valley was famously compared to rape by Morrow Mayo in 1932. In 2006, LA Water and Power Commissioner Mary Nichols compared the Owens Valley-LA relationship to a troubled marriage. I suggest “seduction” is the best way to understand Owens Lake Master […]

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Dust from the Gobi Desert clouds Owens Valley

Why has our air looked so hazy since last Friday? It was made in China, you might say, and blown across the globe to California. Hard to believe, but Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District Director Ted Schade confirmed it. NASA documented by satellite the Gobi Desert phenomenon. Schade said that in the Spring […]

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