BISHOP, CA (April 1, 2020) – In keeping with LADWP’s commitment to be good environmental stewards and promote the health and safety of the residents, visitors and employees in the Eastern Sierra, the following LADWP areas and/or locations are CLOSED to the public indefinitely in support of the Safer At Home Order: Owens River Gorge, including Control Gorge, Middle and Upper Gorge parking areas; and the parking areas at Happy and Sad Boulders.
LADWP will continue to monitor and assess the situation and announce further closures as necessary.
LADWP asks that everyone obey posted signs as trespassing is prohibited by law and encourages individuals to continue practicing social distancing and stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
LADWP understands the public’s need to enjoy the benefits of nature during the COVID-19 pandemic. For people wishing to enjoy the outdoors, public health officials are advising people to walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods and maintain a social/physical distance of 6 feet or more.
We appreciate the public’s understanding and patience during these uncertain times. We will #PowerOnTogether.
BISHOP, CA – Earlier this evening, the Inyo Mono Alpine Cattlemen’s Association’s Spring Tour Dinner Meeting was held at the Talman Pavillion. The meeting included updates on information relevant to ranching interests at the local, regional, state, and federal levels. Staff members from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) were in attendance and announced that LADWP plans to spread 30,000 acre-feet of water in Long Valley starting this coming May 2019.
In a statement shared by LADWP staff at the dinner, LADWP Senior Assistant General Manager of Water System Rich Harasick said, “It has been a great year for rain and snowfall in California – after recent storms the Eastern Sierra snowpack is 188% of normal as of March 8th. LADWP continues to work on its operational plans and is preparing for the upcoming spring runoff. Efforts are already underway with water spreading started in Inyo County.”
Consistent with past practices, LADWP plans to provide water to its lessees based on LADWP operational needs. In prior years when the Eastern Sierra runoff exceeded the capacity of the aqueduct system, LADWP spread water to its leased lands in the southern Mono area. This was the case during the 2017 record precipitation, when as much water was spread as the land could handle.
LADWP is evaluating this year’s anticipated runoff while also considering the demands of the overall water system, which include customer needs, environmental commitments and hydroelectric generation. Taking these factors into account, LADWP is committed to maximizing the beneficial use of runoff water to the fullest extent and working with its lessees and ranching community to use water efficiently. In order to keep residents and partners of the Eastern Sierra informed of the steps being taken to manage runoff, LADWP will continue to issue additional updates as conditions and operations progress.
Be debris free in the wake of this years heavy runoff.
Posted by Seth Conners
According to Carma Roper at the Inyo Sheriff’s Office, Inyo County has experienced record high snowpack in the Sierra this winter. Creeks and streams are likely to flow at full capacity, especially as warmer weather produces more snowmelt. Flooding can occur due to clogged storm drains, fallen trees, or other debris causing obstruction.
In order to prepare for high run-off this year we are asking that the public take extra efforts to ensure that their property is free of any debris that may cause an obstruction in water flow; and to maintain debris-free waterways, ditches and drains.
Runoff preparedness tips include:
Clear ditches of all plants, rocks, and debris;
Clear overhanging vegetation from your waterways to ensure maximum flow;
Open pond outflow channels, and remove decorative rocks;
Clean all water screens, gutters, and drains; consider draining ponds or lowering levels.
To report flooding please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 760-878-0383. Be prepared to tell the Sheriff’s Dispatcher the exact location of the flooding and if the water threatens structures, animals, land or roadways. If water threatens human life dial 911! And always remember – if you see water crossing a roadway Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
For more information on flooding risks and preparedness please check out the following link: http://www.ready.gov/floods.