KEEP LONG VALLEY GREEN

What’s Happening

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) intends to de-water Long Valley.  In 2018, LADWP notified agricultural ranch leaseholders in Long and Little Round Valleys in Southern Mono County that it intends to remove all irrigation water from future leases.  The agency has not performed any study or analysis on this proposal’s impact on Long Valley’s environment, agricultural and recreational economies, the health and safety of local communities, or any other potential effect required by law.

In the 1940’s as part of its construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct system, LADWP constructed Crowley Lake Dam destroying the pre-existing wetlands meadows. Following the destruction of the wetland meadows, LADWP allowed ranchers to irrigate areas around Crowley Lake.  Since the early 1940s, ranchers have been allotted sufficient amounts of water to support their agricultural operations.  This water also created and maintained wetland meadow habitats – habitats that were lost when LADWP created Crowley Lake.  The water spread by ranchers mitigated – to some extent – the destruction of wetland meadows and environmental effects caused by LADWP’s creation of Crowley Lake. Learn more about what’s happening at the official Keep Long Valley Green coalition page…

Why It Matters

The meadows provide significant environmental and community benefits. Today, the wetland meadows around Crowley Lake and Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain streams support a biodiversity that includes a variety of invertebrate, amphibian, and avian life, including the native Bi-state Sage Grouse, a species of special concern. The meadows also decrease the risk of wildfire and suppress dust for local communities, and sequester carbon to mitigate climate change impacts.

Meadows also support the local economy.  Long Valley meadows are the basis for Southern Mono County’s ranching and recreation economies.  Ranchers have stewarded these lands for generations, creating and maintaining habitat by spreading water for their operations.  The meadows also support recreational tourism and activities such as world class fishing at Hot Creek and the beautiful viewscapes enjoyed by significant numbers of campers, hikers, bikers, and OHV’ers from around the world, including Los Angeles. Read more about the local economy and wildlife of the Long Valley at the official Keep Long Valley Green Coalition site…

What We’re Doing About It

Friends of the Inyo supports the litigation to stop LADWP’s de-watering, and plays a leadership role in the Keep Long Valley Green Coalition. Mono County, and the Sierra Club initiated litigation to stop LADWP’s dewatering of Long Valley.  The litigation challenges LADWP’s failure to perform an environmental review pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  The coalition consists of ranchers, environmentalists, recreationalists, local residents, and tribal governments, who oppose the dewatering proposal and believe that the drying of valley meadows will adversely impact to the natural environment and local economies. To mitigate these impacts the Coalition is advocating that LADWP reinstate irrigation flows and prepare an adequate CEQA review. Recently the Alameda Superior Court ruled against LADWP. Read more about the coalition’s victory in court and upcoming actions at KeepLongValleyGreen.org

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The Latest Issue of the “Every Last Drop” E-Newsletter of the Keep Long Valley Green Coalition calls for greater LADWP Accountability

“We want a binding agreement from LADWP to continue historical irrigation pursuant to snowpack. Until we get that, we aren’t going anywhere.” Fighting words from Keep Long Valley Green Coalition Organizer Allison Weber. Read her impassioned advocacy piece in Every Last Drop, the coalition’s e-newsletter, analyzing the First District Court of Appeal for the State of California’s June decision to overturn a March 2021 ruling in favor of Mono County and the Sierra Club regarding LADWP irrigation on their ranch leases in Long Valley. The newsletter includes ideas on how to get involved in Eastern Sierra water protection. Happy reading….Happy…

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Water Justice Week is coming the first week of August!

On August 3rd, attend virtually the first ever Great Basin Water Justice Summit, which is bringing together diverse water protectors from Eastern California, Nevada, and Utah to discuss water justice issues. Then, later in the week, attend in person a movie screening of award-winning local short films on water justice. Two dates and locations to choose from: Cerro Coso Community College Bishop Campus Friday, Aug. 5th, and Mammoth Campus Saturday, Aug. 6th. These events are FREE and open to the public.

Court Rules LADWP Can Cut Irrigation to Long Valley and Little Round Valley – Help Friends of the Inyo Keep Fighting for Water Justice!

  “The futures of tourism, wildlife and ranching in Mono County are now at the mercy of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power – according to environmental groups – now that a court has upheld the agency’s authority to cut irrigation water.” Click here to read the entire article, which has been distributed to numerous media outlets throughout the Western U.S., thanks to our partnership with Public News Service. We Need Your Support! If you would like to help Friends of the Inyo continue the good fight for water justice in the Eastern Sierra, please read our June…