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Refreshments with Refreshing ‘Ologists: drought impacts on streamflow on the Upper Owens River and Big Springs

Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Julie, Mono Lake Intern

There is no denying that California is facing a serious water problem due to three consecutive years of drought. Curious about a hydrologist’s thoughts on the matter?  Join us at the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore this Wednesday, July 23rd at 4:00pm for an hour with Sue Burak, local resident and recent graduate of the Hydrologic Science department at the University of Nevada, Reno, to find out.

Satellite view of snow cover over Sierra Nevada mountain range, January 2013 vs. January 2014. Photos courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Sue is currently working on drought issues with the Desert Research Institute and come winter she gathers snow and avalanche information from snowpits and studies avalanche formation all while closely tracking the weather. During her presentation Sue will explain the impacts of the drought, primarily on the streamflow of the Upper Owens River and Big Springs. She will also talk about how to define drought in order to get the root of common drought misconceptions. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Meet in the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstorein the Theater and Gallery at 4:00pm to join in on the fun. I look forward to seeing you there!

Turf wars: Los Angeles doubles down on water conservation

Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Bartshé, Education Director

If you’re a Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) residential customer and you have a lawn, now is your chance to cash in and conserve water. Currently, DWP is offering $3 per square foot of lawn if you replace your thirsty grass with California friendly plants.

DWP’s “Cash In Your Lawn” incentive is the largest for any major US city, and is twice the amount that Las Vegas offers its customers. There is no competition here—both cities are serious about water conservation and recycling and have a track record of moving in the right direction when it comes to urban water efficiency. However, three dollars a square foot (up from two dollars) demonstrates a new level of commitment that DWP is willing to go to further for conservation after three very dry years. (more…)

Mono views: From peaks to paintings

Friday, July 11th, 2014 by Erica, Mono Lake Intern

This is a unique place where animals like the tiny pika and lazy marmot dwell in rocky habitats. It is a place where visitors enjoy gazing at the tufa towers as they hike along Mono Lake’s shore. Glaciers and volcanic activity have been powerful forces shaping the landscape over time. Recreational activities in the Mono Basin include everything from hiking and mountaineering to fishing and birding.

A stunning view of Mono Lake from Mt. Dana. Photo by Erica Stephens.

Thanks to dedicated people of the past like David Gaines, who took initial action to protect Mono Lake and helped found the Mono Lake Committee, we all have the opportunity to enjoy this amazing area. As Gaines said, “The birds and the animals, trees, grasses and rocks; water and wind are our allies. They awaken our senses, arouse our passions, renew our spirits, and fill us with vision, courage and joy. We are Mono Lake.”

Here are a variety of perspectives from friends, coworkers and people I met along trails who are inspired and (more…)

Two internship opportunities at the Mono Lake Committee

Friday, July 4th, 2014 by Terry, Office Manager

Do you know someone who has wanted to work at the Mono Lake Committee but couldn’t commit for the whole summer? Right now we have a unique offering—two Information Center & Bookstore Intern positions. This internship will last only six weeks, starting August 6 and continuing through September 30.

Apply for the Information Center & Bookstore Intern position to come work at Mono Lake and hone your customer service skills! Photo by Elin Ljung.

Several of our current Mono Lake Interns are heading back to school in early August—we wish them well and support their thirst for further education. However, this leaves us looking for qualified applicants to help us finish the busy summer season.

The Information Center & Bookstore Interns will help out in the Information Center & Bookstore, assisting visitors to the Mono Basin and working with store customers. This is a chance to spend time in the Mono Basin while honing your customer service skills and building your knowledge of this special area.

Check out the full job description here. The positions will remain open until filled. Call Office Manager Terry McLaughlin at (760) 647-6595 with questions.

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