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Last chance: Reserve your seat at the Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Join us for a delicious dinner in a spectacular setting in honor of Andrea Lawrence, Olympic double gold medalist and champion of the Eastern Sierra’s landscape and economy. This year’s dinner features keynote speaker Marcie Edwards, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, and we’ll be honoring local air quality defender Ted Schade with this year’s Andrea Lawrence Award.

Caption caption. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Join us for delicious food, a keynote speaker, and presentation of the Andrea Lawrence Award for passionate engagement in community and the land. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

We have just a few spots left for the Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner so contact us right away! The dinner will be held this Friday, April 24 at Mammoth Mountain’s Parallax Restaurant at 5:30pm. Call (760) 647-6595 to reserve your seat with a $65 donation.

This will be your view at the dinner: Mt. Andrea Lawrence! (The mountain in the center of the photo.) Photo by Geoff McQuilkin.

2015 Mono Lake Committee Scholarship now open

Saturday, April 18th, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director
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Each year the Mono Lake Committee supports local students pursuing higher education who display a personal connection with Mono Lake and the Mono Lake story with two $1,000 scholarships. Mono County resident high school seniors who have firm plans to attend a two- or four-year college within a year of graduation qualify.

If you are interested in applying, you can find the application here. The application deadline is: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 5:00pm. (more…)

Caltrans Hwy 395 rockfall project report #2

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 by Robbie, Project Specialist
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Caltrans-rockfall-update-graphic

Caltrans has released the second road report for the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project on Highway 395 along Mono Lake just north of Lee Vining.

Lee Vining Rockfall Safety project update #2

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Updates are also posted regularly on Twitter and Facebook.
Click here for all project updates and background.
Text from the official update is below.

Caltrans-rockfall-update-graphic (more…)

April 1 lake level means reduced water exports to LA, more protection for Mono Lake

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 by Geoff, Executive Director
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This morning Mono Lake Committee staff met with Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) personnel to conduct the official annual April 1 reading of the lake level together. The consensus: Mono Lake stands at 6379.01 feet above sea level.

DWP's Brian Norris and Greg Reis from the Mono Lake Committee read the lake level gauge together this morning. Photo by Elin Ljung.

DWP’s Brian Norris and Greg Reis from the Mono Lake Committee read the lake level gauge together this morning. Photo by Elin Ljung.

The lake has declined to a level at which water exports to Los Angeles are, by the terms of the State Water Board’s rules, automatically reduced by 70%. DWP will be limited to 4,500 acre-feet of water export, a lake-protecting restriction that no one, until recently, thought would ever be activated again. It was a solemn, though not unexpected outcome, given that California’s drought is entering its fourth year and the Mono Lake watershed is officially classified as being under “exceptional” drought. (more…)

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