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Harrison “Hap” Dunning honored with 2014 Defender of the Trust Award

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Arya, Communications Director

The Mono Lake Committee has a celebrated tradition of honoring individuals who champion Mono Lake and advocate for the public trust with the Defender of the Trust Award. The California Supreme Court’s definition of the public trust doctrine in its landmark 1983 Mono Lake decision goes: “The public trust is an affirmation of the duty of the state to protect the people’s common heritage of streams, lakes, marshlands and tidelands….”

2014 Defender of the Trust awardee Hap Dunning, right, with Mono Lake Committee Executive Director Geoff McQuilkin. Photo by Elin Ljung.

On September 27, 2014 the Committee honored Harrison “Hap” Dunning with the 2014 Defender of the Trust Award here in the Mono Basin. Hap accepted the award during a dinner in his honor. IStorm Over Mono, author John Hart wrote, “The notion that [the public trust doctrine] might be applied to curtail water rights was truly novel. There appears to have been just one other person in California in the mid-1970s who was aware of this possibility: Harrison C. Dunning, a law professor at the University of California at Davis….”

Since the 1970s, Hap has been a leading voice for California water law reform. (more…)

Call for photo submissions: 2016 Mono Lake Calendar

Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Arya, Communications Director

Since 1986, the magnificent geological and ecological wonders of Mono Lake have been celebrated in the Mono Lake Calendar, published by the Mono Lake Committee. Sales of the calendar help to fund the efforts of our non-profit organization to protect and restore Mono Lake and its tributary streams.

The call for submissions for the 2016 Mono Lake Calendar is open until Friday, November 21, 2014.

We’ve simplified and streamlined the submission requirementscheck them out and send us your photos today!

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Your Amazon purchases can help support the Mono Lake Committee

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Barbara, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

“The holidays are coming!”

“Okay, yes, they’re coming eventually, but give it a break, okay? Christmas is still over two months away, so let’s not get too excited about it yet.”

“Yes, but if I start ordering stuff now, I get it out of the way and avoid the crowds. Especially if I order online.”

“Well, umm, yeah….”

If you’re like me, when you make your holiday or other purchases, your first priorities are supporting local businesses and also causes you believe in (like the Mono Lake Committee!). And if you’re like me, you probably (more…)

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