Tag Archives | Water Director Bob Harrington


More on Blackrock 94 settlement

Short of getting the Department of Water and Power to admit that groundwater pumping lowers the water table and kills plants, the currently proposed resolution to the Blackrock 94 dispute does reduce groundwater pumping and embarks on a prescribed burn project to restore 665 acres of meadow. At least one citizens’ group and some individuals […]

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Here we go again

In a series of contradictory moves, the Department of Water and Power refused to go along with wishes of the Lone Pine school farm on water needs – that was at the Standing Committee meeting, then they unilaterally issued a lease changing the location of the long-established farm and then they switched course again. The […]

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West Bishop wells run dry

Reports are now out that a number of private wells in West Bishop neighborhoods have dried up. Residents, alarmed at these developments, are questioning why after 50 years, in some cases, are their wells suddenly dry? At Tuesday’s Inyo Supervisors meeting, Water Director Bob Harrington told Board members, some of whom knew about the dry […]

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LADWP wants to cut irrigation

In it’s official runoff forecast, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power figures the Owens Valley at 54% of normal and the Mono Basin at 66% of normal. Before issuance of those figures, DWP sent the Inyo Water Department a letter to say they propose a 20% reduction in groundwater pumping for irrigation needs […]

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Too much water down the tube?

In 1940, the family of Stan Matlick of Bishop won a court decision called the Hillside Decree that limits groundwater pumping in the Bishop area to the amount used on Los Angeles-owned lands in what’s called the Bishop Cone. No groundwater is to be exported. This year, Mr. Matlick thinks the Los Angeles Department of […]

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