The Inyo Board of Supervisors are holding a workshop during Tuesday’s meeting titled “Talking Water Workshop” to discuss water availability. In light of the severity of present drought conditions and the dire shortfall in water for in-valley uses proposed in LADWP’s Proposed Annual Operations Plan, the Board desires input from all segments of the community concerning Owens Valley water availability and use. The Board is inviting representatives of the Department of Water and Power, the Tribal Councils, signatories to the 1997 MOU concerning the Inyo/Los Angeles Long-Term Water Agreement, local water districts, LADWP lessees, State and federal agencies, parties participating in the Owens Lake Master Project Advisory Committee, and the public to join the Board in their discussions.
The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28th at 1:30 p.m., in the Board of Supervisors Room, at the County Administrative Center in Independence.
The Board encourages those who are interested in learning about and providing information concerning the impacts and mitigation of reduced water availability in Inyo County to attend the workshop and share with the Board your comments and ideas.
The general trout opener will commence on Saturday, April 25th, one hour before sunrise. California Department of fish and wildlife indicates that they are, “Making every effort to stock trout in all accessible waters approved for planting prior to the season opener. This years unprecedented drought could play a major role in determining how many rivers, creeks, lakes and reservoirs can be stocked before April 25th.
Mandatory Boat inspections remain at Crowley
As Opening of Fishing Season approaches, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will be hosting Quagga and Zebra Mussel inspections for trailered watercraft from April 22 through April 24, 2015. The Department reminds local boaters that all motorized vessels planning to launch at Crowley Lake must be inspected prior to launch.
Boat inspections will be held at the Vons/Kmart parking lot in Bishop and at the Crowley Lake Fish Camp. Vons/Kmart inspections will be held April 22 and 23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Friday, April 24 from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Crowley Fish Camp inspections will be held April 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and April 24 from 7 a.m. to dark.
On Opening Day, April 25, boats can also be inspected from sunrise until sunset but, due to high demand, waiting until Opening day is not recommended. Boat inspections at Crowley will continue throughout the fishing season.
Boats showing signs of contamination with invasive mussels, or found to contain any water or debris that could harbor invasive mussels, will not be allowed to launch into Crowley Lake.
Pre-inspected boats may use the pre-paid line at the main gate at South Landing of Crowley Lake to expedite entry. If you are planning on launching a boat into Crowley Lake please keep the following in mind:
–All boats and trailers must be CLEAN and DRY or they will be denied access.
–If the owner of the vessel chooses not to clean the vessel they will not be allowed to launch.
–All drain plugs must be removed prior to boat transport.
–All vehicles towing boats will be required to have a visible Inspection Certification during boat launching at Crowley Lake.
–Boat owners should be aware there may be an extended wait to enter Crowley Lake Reservoir due to these important protective measures.
Inspections are required for the protection of the fishery at Crowley Lake and in order to keep the reservoir open to recreational boating. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Crowley Lake Fish Camp appreciate the cooperation of boat owners and will work to expedite the inspection and certification process.
For more information contact LADWP at (760) 873-0409 or www.LADWP.com/mussels or Crowley Lake Fish Camp at (760) 935-4043.
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The Owens Valley Committee invites you to its annual social event, lecture, and fundraiser on Sunday, April 26, 2015. The gathering will take place from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Mountain Light Gallery, 106 Main Street in Bishop.
Special guest Bruce Embrey of the Manzanar Committee will be speaking on this year’s theme, “Partnering to Protect Owens Valley.” The event will include live music, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. There will also be a silent auction featuring artwork and crafts by local artists and artisans and much more. A suggested donation of $10 at the door is appreciated.
The Owens Valley Committee is a non-profit organization dedicated to seeking just and sustainable management of Owens Valley land and water resources. OVC envisions a valley in which existing open space is protected, historic uses sustained, and depleted ground water reserves and surface water flows are restored as Los Angeles phases out its dependence on Owens Valley water.
Please join the OVC for an evening of conversation, music, and partnership, set amidst Galen and Barbara Rowell’s stunning photographs of the Owens Valley and beyond.
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The Los Angeles Department of water and power’s numbers show a slight increase in both snow pack and overall precipitation. The past weekends rain and snow not only helped with the round fire, but also provided a much needed lift to gloomy precipitation conditions. The link below will take you to the LADWP’s water report.
The LADWP and CAL Fire to Conduct Series of Prescribed Burns for Range and Habitat Improvement. The burns to occur this week through March 13, 2015. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and CAL Fire crews will be conducting a series of prescribed burns for range and habitat improvement purposes in the Bishop and Independence areas from January 12- March 13, 2015. The first prescribed burn will occur northeast of Independence this week. Burning will take place throughout the morning, and smoke will be visible in and around the Blackrock area.
The public is asked not to report the smoke and fire in the controlled burn areas. Crews will monitor the fire throughout the burn, and will take precautions to keep smoke away from area communities.
This years annual report is now available for review and can be downloaded from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Powers website. The report can be found at www.ladwp.com/LORP. The report represents the completion of the eighth year of monitoring and contains the Memorandum of Understanding Consultant’s Adaptive management recommendations. A hard copy of the report may be reviewed by the public at the LADWP office at 300 Mandich Street, Bishop. Inyo County and the LADWP will be conducing a public meeting on the draft report at a meeting set for 9am on Wednesday, January 14th at the Inyo County Board of Supervisors Chambers at 224 North Edwards Street, Independence. The meeting will provide the public the opportunity to offer comments on the draft report and any other LORP-related issues they would like to discuss with staff from the LADWP, Inyo County, and the MOU consultants.
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