The Mono Lake Committee submitted the 51-pages of comments below on March 30th to the State Water Resources Control board. The comments are regarding the draft “Synthesis Report” which was released … more »
The draft “Synthesis Report” included winter flow recommendations for Rush Creek that had not been adjusted for gains and losses below the release point (the MGORD- Mono Gate One Return Ditch). The Stream Scientists today released the revised … more »
Fishing opener April 24, is a busy time for Lee Vining and the region, but this year there’s quite a bit of local concern about whether streams and lakes will be stocked with fish. The Department of Fish & Game (DFG) has announced a new pre-stocking evaluation process that is causing quite a bit of consternation because it is holding up stocking efforts. The process requires reviewing each water for conflicts between trout and resident sensitive species.
Here in the Mono Basin, most routinely-stocked lakes and streams have already been cleared to be stocked, including Rush, Lee Vining, and Mill creeks; Lundy Lake; Grant Lake, and … more »
Date of sighting: 3/28/10
On Sunday there were two dozen feathered epiphanies (see Gaines, 1988 for one of the most beautiful passages about a bird ever written) on the south shore between Navy Beach and Castle Tufa.
Yesterday at the end of Lee Vining Creek there were two meadowlarks, a Black Phoebe, a killdeer, and more.
On the lake there are lots of Ruddy Ducks and Eared Grebes. And the occasional Canada Goose at its soggy edges.
The Committee’s policy team is pretty much working around the clock to compile comments on the draft synthesis report. If you’re curious to see what the report entails you can download the PDF report (4.8 MB) and appendices (70.4 MB), or read the report below. You can also visit the State Water Board’s website for more background information. The Mono Lake Committee has been reviewing the documents and will be submitting our comments to the State Water Board on Tuesday.
In celebration of World Water Day, the Metropolitan Water District and the Friends of the United Nations partnered to honor non-profit environmental groups and relief organizations for their leadership and work on providing clean and safe drinking water around the world. The Mono Lake Committee was acknowledged, along with an impressive list of organizations, at a ceremony at the MWD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. … more »
Today I sat down to my lunch with the April 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine in front of me, fresh from my mailbox. This month’s magazine is devoted to water—it’s beauty, life-sustaining power, spiritual force, and most importantly, its shortages. If you don’t already subscribe, find a copy at your nearest bookstore or browse the issue online. It’s well worth the read.
National Geographic takes a global approach to water in this issue, focusing on shrinking Himalayan glaciers, East African drought, a 20-acre swimming pool in Chile, and California’s heavily plumbed and piped … more »
Mono Lake Committee staff and experts are hard at work reviewing the recently released draft “Synthesis of Instream Flow Recommendations” report.
The report is based on over a decade of supporting studies, monitoring, and detailed field work by the State Water Board-appointed expert stream scientists. The recommendations are a critical … more »
In mid-March the sun began melting the snow in the Mono Basin very quickly, and now on the fifth day of spring, many south-facing slopes are bare, and below 7,000 feet the remaining snow is retreating quickly into the shade. Above 7,000 feet deep snow … more »