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 possible for the City to substantially reduce the amount of water it takes from the Eastern Sierra and still meet the water needs of the City.
  • The removal of water is damaging to the Eastern Sierra economy and environment. Reducing water imports will provide increased economic opportunity and quality of life.
  •  The proposed plan does not indicate plans to meaningfully reduce the amount of water the City takes from the Eastern Sierra as conservation efforts increase.

The Keep Long Valley Green Coalition pointed out that the draft plan does not even align with the City’s Sustainability pLAn, especially regarding:

  • Water efficiency
  • Water recycling and distributed stormwater capture
  • Water and climate equity
  • Reducing LA’s dependence on imported water supplies from the Eastern Sierra as well as from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD)

Take Action

Comments must be made by telephone promptly at 9:45 am by calling the dedicated public comment line: (213) 306-3065 and enter access code 1872349544#. These will be played for the commissioners when they reach the section on the Urban Water Management Plan.

Read the expert analysis of the plan by the coalition here… 

Read the proposed Urban Water Management Plan here…

May 26 – Learn about runoff and water plans with the county and LADWP.

The Inyo County LADWP Standing Committee Meeting includes Inyo County supervisors and representatives from LADWP. It’s important for residents to respond to different agenda items:

  • Runoff and Operations update.
  • Report on LADWP’s 2021-22 Owens Valley Annual Operation Plan
  • Lower Owens River Project
  • Consultation with California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Action Item: Setting LORP seasonal habitat flow
  • Action Item: Establishment of Blackrock Waterfowl Management Area flooded acreage

Take Action

This meeting encourages participation by using the “Raise Hand” Feature of the Webex meeting software, or comments may be submitted by email (250 word limit) to Francesca.Joven@ladwp.com Learn more by clicking the agenda below…

Tell LADWP to plan for a greener future by leaving water in the Eastern Sierra.