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Shop Mono Lake this holiday season

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 by Barbara, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

With Thanksgiving next week comes the kick-off to the holiday shopping season. The 2014 Fall Mono Lake Newsletter (and with it our holiday catalog) went out to 17,000 people earlier this month. We’ve stocked up—way up!—on shipping supplies. The Committee shopping elves are poised to answer the phone for your orders!

As you think about holiday giving, think about the ability to give twice. If you purchase a gift from the Mono Lake Committee, you’re not only giving that gift to your friend or relative. You’re also giving it back to Mono Lake by helping to support our work. (more…)

Los Angeles and Great Basin Air Pollution Control District reach agreement about Owens Valley dust

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

After decades of negotiations over controlling dust storms at Owens Lake an agreement has been reached for how to proceed into the future.

The agreement will allow the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) to use a nearly waterless dust control method on Owens Lake, and it also provides DWP with certainty about how many acres of the dry lakebed will ever have to be controlled for dust. For the Great Basin Air Pollution Control District, the agreement offers a way forward that will ensure cleaner air for the people and the environment of the Eastern Sierra.

Read the LA Times‘ full article here: New dust-busting method ends LA’s longtime feud with Owens Valley

Dust-control methods at Owens Lake include shallow flooding, gravel spreading, and tilling up clods of clay. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Tioga Pass closed again

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

Highway 120 (Tioga Pass) and Highway 108 (Sonora Pass) have closed again temporarily due to snow. Keep an eye on the road conditions and weather forecasts—the roads could reopen if warm and sunny weather returns. And as always in this drought, take a moment to celebrate more precipitation for Mono Lake….

Fall 2014 Mono Lake Newsletter now available online

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Arya, Communications Director

On behalf of the entire Mono Lake Committee staff I’m excited to announce that the Fall 2014 edition of the Mono Lake Newsletter is now available online! Every time we ready the Newsletter to go to press I write a short letter from the editor that appears on page 2—it’s a welcome message, and an introduction to the issue. Here’s how it goes this time:


Recently my friend John Anderson came by for a visit and said a surprising thing: “The lake is so high!” It was the only time I heard that this year. As a member of the 1979 California Gull research crew when the lake level was 6373.4 feet above sea level, his comment makes more sense, and was a good reminder to keep things in perspective here at 6379.3. (more…)

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