Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 5, 2018

Urge LA Water District TO Keep Mono County Green

The City of Los Angeles (City), through its Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has proposed to dry up approximately 6,400 acres of agricultural lands in Mono County – thereby increasing the risk of wildfire, destroying wetlands and riparian areas, devastating important habitat for sensitive species such as the Bi-State Sage Grouse, reversing more than 70 years of LADWP water management policy and, and undermining the agricultural economy, heritage, and tradition of both Mono and Inyo Counties.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

This summer, and over the long-term if LADWP’s proposal is not modified, Mono County residents and visitors will see browning pastures – instead of green meadows – along Highway 395 between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes. Wetlands and riparian habitat created by historic irrigation will be eliminated. Wildlife that depends on that environment, including Bi-State Sage Grouse chicks that forage in the meadows of both valleys, may be lost. In fact, the dewatering could ultimately lead to the listing of the Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act which would impose additional requirements on ranching activities and (ironically) on LADWP’s water exports. The lack of water will also increase the risk of wildfire, threatening adjacent properties and communities.

Read more and sign on-line petition before the August 7 the Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting where they will discuss the Long Valley de-watering Issue on August 7th @ 10am. at  Urge LADWP to Keep Long Valley Green! | Mono County California


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