You are on a rocky volcanic island surrounded by an alkaline sea. Your only protection from the high-desert sun is your khaki-colored Mono Lake Committee logo bucket hat. It’s also your only protection against the frenzied California Gulls flying every which way and trying, as you suspect, to whitewash you with an airborne “splat!” (more…)
Beginning Friday, May 10, join Mono Lake Committee and California State Parks staff all summer long for free, guided bird walks every Friday and Sunday morning at 8:00am at Mono Lake County Park.
Bring your binoculars and join us by the parking lot for a leisurely one- to two-hour birding adventure! No reservations are (more…)
It was Friday night at the movies in Lone Pine, and a wonderful and dedicated crowd gathered to watch The Mono Lake Story film. Only, this was not your average movie night.
It was as unlikely a spot as it was perfect—the Metabolic Studio’s IOU Garden on Main Street in downtown Lone Pine. Yup, right out there on the highway, nestled in between garden boxes bursting with budding strawberries and young onions, we had one of the (more…)
New this year, the Mono Lake Committee Scholarship has a new, and hopefully fun, component that you might not see in other scholarship applications. It starts like this … “Get yourself down to Mono Lake, close to the shoreline. You will need to take some time to be outside with no distractions….”
After taking some time to take in their surroundings applicants are asked to reflect on the question: Why do places like Mono Lake matter? We can’t wait to read the answers, and we hope the students have a good experience in the process (more…)
In just two short weeks, registration for the 2013 Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua will open on Monday, April 15 at 6:30am sharp. This is the twelfth year of this popular weekend, and many field trips fill within minutes of registration opening! Make sure you take a look at the draft program and have your field trip and program choices prioritized for registration day. Keep your eye on the website for more updates in the next week.
After our OCWD GWRS facility tour, the Committee staff had water recycling on the brain. We were fortunate to be able to meet with Evelyn Cortez-Davis, Manager of Water Recycling Regulatory Affairs at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), and two of her staff, Jennifer and Ralph, to continue the recycled water discussion.
Since Los Angeles depends largely on imported water sources (like the water that flows from the Mono Basin down the Los Angeles Aqueduct), looking for ways to increase their recycled water capacity is (more…)
Imagine 70 million gallons of pure water. This is the total amount of water being recycled each day in Orange County, California. Seventy million gallons of water is 215 acre feet of water a day. Production over a full year totals 72,000 acre feet, which in Mono Basin terms, roughly equals the total annual, average flow of Rush, Parker, and Walker creeks. In terms of supply value, this is enough water to sustain the domestic water needs of 600,000 Southern Californians.
Two weeks ago Mono Lake Committee staff had the opportunity to visit the largest water recycling facility in North America. The Groundwater Replenishment System facility (GWRS) is located in Fountain Valley and is a joint public project by the (more…)
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival—Los Angeles, hosted by the Mono Lake Committee earlier this month, featured a very special reception to honor a very special person. The Committee teamed up with our friends at Barefoot Wine & Bubbly to celebrate Committee co-founder Sally Gaines, one of Barefoot’s seven “Soles of the Year!”
Barefoot has a long history of supporting non-profit organizations, and they took their support one step further this spring when they launched their Soles of the Year program to honor extraordinary individuals, like Sally, who have made a lasting impact in their communities. The reception at the film festival was a great (more…)
On Monday, April 1, a group of Los Angeles-area environmental organizations will host a Los Angeles Candidate Forum on the Environment, Transportation, and the Economy. The forum will be held in the Yosemite Hall at the California Endowment from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
In recognition of the connection between the City and its Eastern Sierra watershed, the Mono Lake Committee is an event endorser. With the heated race for LA Mayor garnering lots of press, this is a chance to hear from candidates running for other City positions. The forum will enlist all council district races (districts 1, 3, 6, 7 (more…)