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Photo by Deb Murphy With a legal settlement on the horizon, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is set to turn on Well 385, in the Five Bridges area, for a two-month test. On the surface, this seems like no big deal. But, the dispute of pumping a well that was permanently shut […]

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LADWP postpones test on Well 385

News release from Owens Valley Committee The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) informed the Owens Valley Committee of its decision to postpone the testing of Well 385, a LADWP well located north of Bishop, CA, in an area known as Five Bridges. LADWP had scheduled the pumping to begin on December 3, […]

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Inyo County argues DWP’s operations plan

By Deb Murphy Los Angeles Department of Water and Power came out with its 2018-19 operations plan late last month. Inyo County came back April 30 with its own recommendation, below the low end of LADWP’s proposed range. LADWP’s range started at 77,990 acre-feet, topping out at 96,230. The high number, according to Inyo’s response, […]

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Inyo Supervisors and Water Commission – it’s complicated

By Deb Murphy The Inyo County Board of Supervisors acknowledged the complexity of water issues in Inyo County at Tuesday’s meeting. What it didn’t do was accept recommendations presented by Water Commission Chair Mike Prather and Commissioner Craig Patton. While the details of mitigation projects, groundwater basins and pumping impacts may be complicated, to Prather […]

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Report from Five Bridges field trip

By Deb Murphy Three hundred acres scarred by lost meadow grasses in the Five Bridges area, north of Bishop, south of the Owens River, could be the poster child for failed mitigation of groundwater pumping. The mantra — if there is damage, it will be mitigated — has not worked at Five Bridges. The water […]

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