The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power submits annual compliance reports in May to the State Water Resources Control Board. The May 2010 report was recently distributed and we’ve posted each section on the Mono Basin Clearinghouse. You can download the cover letter, the status of compliance report, the operations plan, the fisheries report, the tributaries report (geomorphology, hydrology, and vegetation), and the waterfowl report.
This Memorial Day weekend, unseasonable cold weather may complicate your plans to visit Mono Lake, Yosemite National Park, and the rest of the Sierra Nevada region. To make sure your visit during this beautiful part of the year goes smoothly, here’s what you can do:
Even though it’s nearly June, winter has kept a firm grip on the Mono Basin. Snow is predicted for Friday, but the sun … more »
Date of sighting: May 22
Both birds have been hanging out in the back yard of the El Mono all day today. The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is brightly colored male. The Gray-headed Junco showed up yesterday afternoon. The bird seems as if it might be an integrade between the Red-backed race and the Gray-headed race. The upper mandible is darker on top, but depending on the light is sometimes uniformly light-colored. The bird rarely remains still and we can’t get a certain look at it’s bill. My wife spotted both birds.
The lower Tioga Road gate on Highway 120, four miles from Highway 395, is open and the road is accessible as far as the Yosemite National Park entrance 12 miles up the road. As of Friday evening, Caltrans didn’t even have its Website updated yet—it was last updated for this highway on May 13th. See it here on monolake.org first!
The snow at the pass is very firm, and averages 5-10 feet deep. Watch for rocks on the road. It has newly painted lines as far as Blue Slide.
The road is still closed within the park, however efforts are being made to open it by Memorial Day weekend.
Governor Schwarzenegger has released his mid-May revised budget proposal. Somewhat unexpectedly, it included some funding for the State Park system. Previously the Governor had proposed zeroing out the budget for parks and providing funding through offshore oil lease revenues. However, he no longer supports such drilling.
The proposal provides funding at levels similar to 2008–2009, raising hopes that park closures and major cutbacks to parks are not in the cards for the year ahead. That would be good for parks and for California since state park visitation is a major tourism activity that produces net revenue for the state.
But … more »
Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to release his state budget proposal for 2010-2011 later today. The budget is expected to extensively cut many state programs in light of a $20 billion deficit.
We’re watching to see what the funding proposal is for the Department of Parks and Recreation, with a specific interest in the state parks at Mono Lake and Bodie. The state park system is a net revenue generator for the state of California but last year the governor proposed closing the large majority of the system.
This is the first big update that we’ve had a chance to do since October 2008. We’ve got quite a backlog of updates to get through, and in this update we’ve gone back as far as October 2009. One major change since our last update is that the internet has so many more resources on it now. We used to be able to keep a pretty good handle on what Mono Basin resources were out there on the internet, but now every time we do a Google search we find new and valuable sources of information that we did not know about. This explosion of Mono Basin content means that … more »
Rumors (and at least one Yosemite blogger) are saying that the Tioga Road is open from the east to the top. Not true.
As of Tuesday May 11th, 2010 at noon, the lower gate is still closed. In addition, Mono County crews are starting to plow into the park today, Wednesday May 12th. There are less than 10 miles of snow-covered road left to clear since the NPS crews have reached pothole dome. Once clear, the road doesn’t open immediately due to additional maintenance and avalanche danger.
The Final Synthesis Report was released this week! You can read it below. You can also download the 58 MB appendices, which contain the Stream Scientists’ responses to comments, on the State Water Board’s Website. You can find the draft reports and additional information and links in our Streamflow Center. … more »