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Comments on: Mono Lake likely to rise four feet over the next year http://www.monolake.org/today/2017/03/21/mono-lake-likely-to-rise-four-feet-over-the-next-year/ A refreshing collection of all things Mono Lake brought to you by the Mono Lake Committee staff Sun, 20 May 2018 21:12:37 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 By: Wendy Scott http://www.monolake.org/today/2017/03/21/mono-lake-likely-to-rise-four-feet-over-the-next-year/comment-page-1/#comment-4575 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:57:59 +0000 http://www.monolake.org/today/?p=23872#comment-4575 Thanks, Elin, very interesting! I feel very grateful that people stepped in before the lake disappeared. There were still lots of flies when I was there the last time, so I imagine it’ll only get better as time goes on if we don’t have any more five-year droughts.

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By: Elin, Communications Coordinator http://www.monolake.org/today/2017/03/21/mono-lake-likely-to-rise-four-feet-over-the-next-year/comment-page-1/#comment-4574 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:49:23 +0000 http://www.monolake.org/today/?p=23872#comment-4574 Hi Wendy, if that happened, Mono Lake’s salinity would decrease, which would increase the productivity of alkali flies and brine shrimp. Both of those are important food sources for many species of birds, so the birds would have more available food. As far as other wildlife, we really don’t know—no one was studying the ecological productivity of Mono Lake in the 1930s before diversions began. However, it’s important to note that Mono Lake will not return to its original levels—the State Water Board’s decision from 1994 specifies that most water go to Mono Lake, and that some water always go to Los Angeles.

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By: Lynn Chiapella http://www.monolake.org/today/2017/03/21/mono-lake-likely-to-rise-four-feet-over-the-next-year/comment-page-1/#comment-4571 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:15:10 +0000 http://www.monolake.org/today/?p=23872#comment-4571 It was my understanding that the Committee had collected at least $10,000 for the Gull Protection fence by the end of 2016. Is the total cost for the fence approximately $15,000? If so, I am surprised that the Committee did not receive enough donations to complete the fence prior to this last minute fund raising effort to meet the March 28 deadline.

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By: Wendy Scott http://www.monolake.org/today/2017/03/21/mono-lake-likely-to-rise-four-feet-over-the-next-year/comment-page-1/#comment-4570 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:22:40 +0000 http://www.monolake.org/today/?p=23872#comment-4570 If Mono Lake were ever to return to its original levels, how would that change the salinity and/or productivity of the lake in providing food for other wildlife?

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By: Debra Brus http://www.monolake.org/today/2017/03/21/mono-lake-likely-to-rise-four-feet-over-the-next-year/comment-page-1/#comment-4569 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:58:45 +0000 http://www.monolake.org/today/?p=23872#comment-4569 Yes, the 4-foot rise will be wonderful, but people need to know that Mono Lake should naturally be another 35 feet higher than that. What a magnificent specimen she would be at that level!

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By: Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist http://www.monolake.org/today/2017/03/21/mono-lake-likely-to-rise-four-feet-over-the-next-year/comment-page-1/#comment-4568 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:50:06 +0000 http://www.monolake.org/today/?p=23872#comment-4568 Debra – no, far from it. Mono Lake’s pre-diversion level in 1941 was 39 feet higher than it is now! Today’s natural level would be close to that. The future management level of 6392 feet above sea level is still 14 feet higher than now, and will be about 10 feet higher than next year’s April 1st level. Thanks for the question, those are important points I left out!

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By: Debra Brus http://www.monolake.org/today/2017/03/21/mono-lake-likely-to-rise-four-feet-over-the-next-year/comment-page-1/#comment-4567 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:45:29 +0000 http://www.monolake.org/today/?p=23872#comment-4567 Would the potential 4-foot rise cause Mono Lake to be considered “full”?

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