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There’s still time to register for the Tioga Pass Run….

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Lily, Mono Lake Intern

Calling all runners and walkers! It’s not too late to register for the 34th annual Tioga Pass Run, taking place on Sunday, September 7.

Runners make their way up the hill during the 2013 Tioga Pass Run. Photo courtesy of Dick Erb.

Come join our outdoor-loving community of runners and walkers by participating in this year’s run. The Tioga Pass Run is the longest continuously-occurring race in the Eastern Sierra—every year since 1980—and is hosted by the Mono Lake Committee. Participants will gain 3,200 feet of elevation over a 12.4-mile-long (more…)

Artist’s reception at the Mono Lake Committee on August 30

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Barbara, Information Center & Bookstore Manager


Mark your calendar, clear the date, and get excited! This coming Saturday, August 30, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, is the artist’s reception for Moira Donohoe at the Mono Lake Committee gallery. Please join us for a casual reception where you can meet Moira and view her amazing paintings while enjoying light refreshments. We hope to see you there!

Also, on another Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore-related topic, on Tuesday, September 2, our hours will be changing. We’ll be open reduced hours from the summer schedule of 8:00am to 9:00pm to a post-Labor Day schedule of being open 8:00am to 7:00pm. Please stop by and see us!

Summer thunderstorms give Mono Lake and its tributaries a drink—and a break

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

We were expecting the worst for streamflows this summer. Runoff at 48% of average this year—as forecasted in April, and even lower than the last two dry years—would make 2014 the driest year of the last three, adding up to the three driest consecutive years on record for runoff in the Mono Basin.

Late July and early August thunderstorms have brought important water to Mono Lake during this drought. Photo by Sandra Noll.

But then the summer thunderstorms came, dropping an inch and a half of rain. The late July and early August rains extended the late July streamflows into mid-August, buying about 3–4 weeks of extra time at or above the late July flows. For most creeks, this means that the late July and early August flows this year ended up actually higher than last year. Click on the graphs below to enlarge. (more…)

Lee Vining Creek Diversion Dam work planned for September through November

Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

If you are planning a fishing trip to the Lee Vining Creek diversion pond this fall, there will be some construction activity impacting your experience.

This fall there will be construction at the Lee Vining Creek diversion pond, a popular fishing site. Photo by Arya Degnhardt.

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) is going to be working on the Lee Vining Creek facility in September because it discovered it can’t lower the spill gate all the way because sediment has accumulated underneath it. DWP has to put in a (more…)

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