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Protect Our Water! Join the Inyo/LA Technical Group Meeting TOMORROW, Thursday 5/9

(In-person or Online)

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What's Happening?

A committee called the Inyo/Los Angeles Technical Group will be meeting in Bishop tomorrow, Thursday, May 9. This group consists of representatives from Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) as they meet to examine technical aspects of water management in the upcoming year. Tomorrow, they will consider changes to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Draft Annual Operations Plan for next year. 

There will be an opportunity for public comment at the beginning of the meeting. Your voice can make a difference!

This meeting will be our LAST CHANCE as concerned Inyo County residents and lovers of the Eastern Sierra to push for reductions in pumping before LADWP locks in its plans through March 2025!

What Can I Do?

1) Attend the meeting. The meeting is TOMORROW at 9:00 am (Thursday, 5/9). This will be a hybrid (in-person + online) meeting. 


Attending In-Person: The in-person meeting will be held in Room 101 of the County Consolidated Office Building (Clint Quilter Building) located at 1360 N. Main St., in Bishop. 


Attending Online: Here is the link to join the Zoom webinar at 9:00 am tomorrow: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83126115962?pwd=Sm0wUGxqamVlR0creEdDUjVrZ2dNQT09


2) Contribute a Public Comment. Giving oral comments at this meeting is how we make our voices heard. We will show LADWP and the Inyo County Water Department (ICWD) that we care and we are paying attention. You will have about three minutes to give your comments at the beginning of the meeting.


Make your comments personal to you! Why do you care about reducing pumping from the Eastern Sierra? What would you like to see LADWP do differently in this upcoming year? Here are some ideas you may want to include:


  • Do not install any new LADWP wells. We ask LADWP to refrain from: installing new wells, replacing wells that run dry, and installing new pumps on existing wells. Our ecosystems deserve a break to recover from ceaseless pumping. We urge LADWP to turn its attention to developing its own sources of local water, through their programs like Operation NEXT. 

  • Make plans to reduce pumping so that every wellfield stays at or above baseline. This “baseline” amount does not refer to optimally healthy water table levels for our valley. Rather, the “baseline” numbers average the water table levels from 1985, 1986, and 1987 – after LADWP had already inflicted significant damage. Therefore, LADWP and Inyo County Water Department (ICWD) should maintain every wellfield at or above baseline to promote more holistic recovery.

  • Limit pumping in Big Pine Wellfield. Big Pine Wellfield is the most heavily-pumped wellfield in the valley. In its response letter, ICWD noted that deeper aquifer zones had begun recovering with a reduction in pumping at the Fish Springs hatchery in recent years. LADWP pumped 13,591 AF last year. For this year, LADWP proposes a range of 14,700-21,300 AF. The Fish Springs area has suffered enormous damage from pumping over the years. To help promote recovery, we urge LADWP to not exceed last year’s pumping totals (13,600 AF) in Big Pine.

  • Do not pump deep aquifers. The ICWD letter mentions that LADWP has indicated interest in pumping deep aquifers in order to minimize impact on vegetation. We resolutely stand against this idea. Pumping from deep aquifers could have numerous unintended and unpredictable effects on our ecosystems. We reject the idea that we even need to dedicate limited time, money, and manpower to studying the effects of pumping deep aquifers.


If you have any questions, please email Lauren@friendsoftheinyo.org


Friends of the Inyo
621 W Line St Suite 201  | Bishop, California 93514
(760) 873-6500 | info@friendsoftheinyo.org

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