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LADWP Halts Premature Groundwater Pumping Plan at Owens Lake!

  Taking Groundwater From a Dry Lake Back in March Friends of the Inyo submitted comments on the misguided Owens Lake Test Well East project. The test was a masked attempt to increase groundwater pumping underneath the dusty Owens Lake bed. “We are not in agreement that groundwater pumping from beneath Owens lake can be done in an environmentally sustainable manner,” writes Wendy Schneider. Piecemeal self regulations were proposed by LADWP to replace any type of public review in hopes that the agency could escape scrutiny or mitigation for their newest water grab. Implementing this first step, as part of…

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The Juniper Newsletter June 2021

In this issue of The Juniper, we share updates concerning on the Trail Ambassadors, our list of summer events, an update on legislation we are hoping to pass for the Kutzadika’a tribe, and a feature on LADWP’s plan to only provide a minimal amount of water to Long Valley this summer. Also Kyle will be signing off as Communications Director, but we hope to introduce you to our new communications director in next month’s edition.  

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Friends of the Inyo’s Trail Ambassadors are Off to a Hot Start!

Memorial Day is barely in the rearview mirror, and Friends of the Inyo’s merry band of Trail Ambassadors have already made a big impact on the Forest Service public lands of the Eastern Sierra. Partnering with Forest Service staff across two Forests (the Inyo and Humboldt-Toiyabe), and five Ranger Districts (from south to north, the Mt Whitney, White Mountain, Mammoth, Mono Basin, and Bridgeport), the Trail Ambassadors partner with the agency to bolster the on the ground presence through trail maintenance, visitor education and general information, leading volunteer groups and events, and sharing interpretive hikes and content. Working alongside FS…

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Amargosa River Management Plan Must Focus on Groundwater | Coalition Comments

The Amargosa River is one of the crown jewels of the desert southwest, providing a globally important resource for biodiversity, hydrology, and recreation. It is also one of the most fragile ecosystems in North America, and must be managed with the highest possible level of conservation. Water and protection of flows The Amargosa River is unique among the Wild and Scenic River system in that it is entirely reliant on groundwater discharge for its flows. Essentially all of the ORVs for which the Amargosa Wild and Scenic River was designated depend on sustained groundwater flows for their survival. As such,…

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Conglomerate Mesa & Castle Mountain Event Recording

Did you miss the live event? Join Friends of the Inyo and Sierra Club as we virtually explore Conglomerate Mesa and remind ourselves on why we work so hard to protect this beautiful landscape. This event was hosted by Bryan Hatchell from Friends of the Inyo and Kris Hohag from Sierra Club. They show a recent flyover tour video of Conglomerate Mesa and then dive into the recent threats to this landscape.

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Comments needed on LADWP’s Water Management Plan | Action Alert

Speak for the Eastern Sierra – Two Important Meetings May 25 – Comment on approval of the Urban Water Management Plan The LADWP Board of Commissioners meeting plans to address the Urban Water Management Plan. This meeting includes high level decision makers from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and your comments can make a real difference. The Urban Water Management Planning process provides the city an opportunity to apply conservation gains towards reducing the need to import water. Talking points for comments include: The City of LA has made incredible progress in water conservation. It is clearly…

Kore Mining’s Long Valley Drilling Requires Environmental Assessment | Coalition Comments

Coalition Opposes Forest Service’s proposed Categorical Exclusion to Drill for Gold in the Long Valley Read the full letter here Background and Main Objections Kore Mining intends to proceed with exploratory drilling under a catagorical exclusion (CE) to, circumvent environmental review, from the Forest Service. Friends of the Inyo coauthored a 40 page with a powerful coalition of local, regional, and national groups.  argued wrote a 40 has long enjoyed serving and recreating in the Alabama Hills. This important document outlines how the plan does not meet Forest Service regulations for a categorical exclusion, and should require an environmental assessment…

The Juniper Newsletter May 2021

In this issue of The Juniper, we share updates concerning the Conglomerate Mesa and Keep Long Valley Green campaigns. K2 Gold’s phase two exploration continues to threaten the Mesa’s future. And LADWP indicates that it will only provide a minimal amount of water to Long Valley this summer. Also, the comment period for proposed mining in Long Valley has been extended but ends on Thursday, the 13th. Be sure to submit your comments by then. Finally, learn about a showing of Paya: The Water Story of the Paiute, happening on May 25th. I hope you enjoy this month’s issue of The Juniper.

Conglomerate Mesa Campaign Update may 2021

Conglomerate Mesa Campaign Update | May 2021 The season of visiting Conglomerate Mesa is on its way out as desert temperatures quickly rise into uncomfortable ranges and folks from across the west are getting in their final trips. As people trend away from their desert trips in Saline Valley and the Southern Inyo Mountains, Conglomerate Mesa remains in limbo from mining threats that would forever alter these landscapes where people from across the globe come to explore and recreate. K2 Gold and Mojave Precious Metals are ramping up for their much more destructive second phase of exploration at Conglomerate Mesa….

LADWP will provide minimal amount of water

LADWP will provide minimal amount of water In late April, DWP indicated by correspondence that it will provide a minimal amount of water for irrigation in Long Valley this year. In early April, the KLVG coalition submitted official comments on DWP’s Urban Water Management Plan pointing out that the data provided by DWP in its draft plan indicates that it is possible for the agency to meet the water demands of its ratepayers and drastically reduce, or even eliminate, reliance on water exported from the Eastern Sierra over the next 25 years. In spite of this, the agency’s draft plan…

Earth Day Clean-Up Event with Inyo350 a Success

Earth Day Clean-Up Event with Inyo350 a Success On Saturday, April 24th, over 50 volunteers came together in Bishop to celebrate Earth Day, give back, and pick up trash. Inyo350, the Sierra Trash Eliminators, Eastern Sierra Land Trust, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, and Friends of the Inyo joined forces to provide trash-grabbers, trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and plenty of good cheer to make sure the volunteers who joined the fun were fully equipped and ready to go. After a safety talk and last grab of coffee and pastries, folks geared up and headed out to locations across Bishop to…

Action Alert: Mining Exploration Threatens Long Valley

Action Alert: Mining Exploration Threatens Long Valley *Updated 5/10: Comment period extended to May 13, 2021 What’s happening? Kore Mining proposes to construct a total of fourteen drilling pads, measuring 30 feet by 50 feet each. Access to these drill pads will require re-opening roughly a third of a mile of road for the duration of the project. Impacts of this proposed project include local quality of life, tourism, air quality, noise pollution, decimated habitat of local flora and fauna (including the at-risk sage grouse and local mule deer). The impacts of the exploration might be only the beginning, however. If…

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