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Hwy 108 over Sonora Pass to open Friday, April 18

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Arya, Communications Director

That’s the official word, folks. Be sure to check the road conditions before you go, and drive safely!

A screen capture from the Mono County Tourism Facebook page from Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Tioga Pass watch update: They’ve plowed to Porcupine Flat

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Arya, Communications Director

According to the official Yosemite National Park website (and their Facebook page), the road crews that started plowing the Tioga Road on the west side of the park on Wednesday, April 16th made it to Porcupine Flat. Porcupine Flat is approximately halfway between Crane Flat and Tioga Pass. Additionally, on the eastside, Tioga Road is open to the high gate. There is still no project opening date, but we’ll keep you posted here on the Mono-logue!

A screen capture of the most recent Yosemite National Park post on Facebook.

Current Eastern Sierra road conditions

Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Emma, Project Specialist

As Arya mentioned in her recent Mono-logue post, it’s now the time of year when everyone waits with bated breath and hopeful road trip plans to hear about road openings. Here is the most current information we have:

  • Tioga Pass (Hwy 120 west): Currently closed. Yosemite National Park will begin snow removal on April 16. However, a projected opening date has not been set.
  • Bodie Road (SR 270): Currently scheduled to open April 15 (weather-dependent)
  • Sonora Pass (Hwy 108): Projected opening date is April 20 (weather-dependent) (more…)

Plowing of Tioga Pass set to begin April 15, 2014

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Arya, Communications Director

It’s officially the I-wonder-when-Tioga-Pass-is-going-to-open time of year.

Rocks on the Tioga Pass road on March 30, 2014. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Here at the Mono Lake Committee we’re keeping our eyes and ears out for any information on Tioga Pass too, so bookmark our Tioga Pass Watch and we’ll keep it updated with the best, real information we’ve got. We also post it all on Facebook and Twitter with #tiogapass. So … here’s what we know right now:

Yosemite National Park will begin snow removal on the Tioga Pass Road on April 15. (more…)

Mono Basin snowpack is the highest in the state

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

We have good news, and we have bad news. The good news is that for the Mono Basin, this year’s snowpack could have been worse. The bad news is that it is a another dry year—and in the Mono Basin, 2012–2014 looks like it will be the driest 3 consecutive years on record.

Late March at South Tufa, with a receding shoreline and the Sierra sparsely covered in snow. Photo by Rose Catron.

California’s April 1, 2014 snow surveys have been completed, and the statewide average snow water content is 25% of average. The lowest is the Scott River Basin at 7% of average. In the Mono Basin, it is (more…)

Annual Mono Lake island closure and Osprey closure in effect

Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Emma, Project Specialist

Everyone knows that Mono Lake is for the birds! And now is the time of year when that idea becomes a bit more literal. As of April 1st the Mono Lake island closure is in effect.

The island closure means that no one is allowed on or within one mile of the islands in Mono Lake. This closure is put into effect to protect the thousands of California Gulls that return to Mono Lake to nest on the islands year after year. The annual closure lifts on August 1st so until then, steer clear of the islands.

California Gulls nest on Mono Lake's islands each year. Photo courtesy of Justin Hite.

Additionally, the Osprey closure went into effect on April 1st. This closure prevents anyone from coming within 200 yards of (more…)

Will you volunteer for Mono Lake this year?

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by Rosanne, Office Director

Are you looking for an opportunity to give back to your favorite place?

The 2013 Mono Lake Volunteers celebrate their graduation from volunteer training. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Each year, volunteers contribute hundreds of hours in the Mono Basin with the Mono Lake Volunteer Program. Whether conducting outreach to the public at South Tufa, pointing out birds with a scope at the State Reserve boardwalk, picking up trash, pulling invasive plants, or helping out at the Scenic Area Visitor Center, our volunteers (more…)

2012-2014 on track to be driest 3 consecutive years on record

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

Yesterday marked the first day of the 2014 runoff year, and it is also time for adding up the total runoff from the 2013 runoff year.

Mono Lake Committee and DWP staff met to discuss Mono Lake's level on April 1, 2014. Photo by Elin Ljung.

A runoff year runs from April 1 to March 31, and enables tracking of stream runoff from the time of peak snowpack from one year to the next. Mono Basin runoff was about 54.5% of average between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. This is 17.4% less runoff than the 66% of average runoff forecasted one year ago, thanks to the very dry spring, fall, and winter (last summer, precipitation was above-average thanks to thunderstorms). It was the second-farthest-off runoff prediction since the California State Water Resources Control Board’s Decision 1631 in 1994, after 18.6% too much runoff was predicted in 2008. (more…)

Spring in the Mono Basin

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by Emma, Project Specialist

Although everyone at the Mono Lake Committee is aware that it’s a bit early for spring to be here, on a day-to-day basis, we have to admit that the warm weather is pretty nice.

A blustery spring day at Mono Lake last week. Temperature: 50 degrees! Photo by Elin Ljung.

Now, the definition of spring might be a little different in the Mono Basin than it is in other parts of the country—or even other parts of California. Our Membership Coordinator, Ellen King, told me that the difference between winter and spring in the Mono Basin is that in winter, a snow storm will drop a few inches and that snow will stick and (more…)

Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center staff on the ground in Los Angeles

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Elina, LA Watershed Education Coordinator

Early spring is outreach season for the Outdoor Education Center staff—the OEC crew convenes in Los Angeles to meet and visit groups that are interested in joining us for the 2014 season at the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center program.

We presented to entire schools…. (more…)

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