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LADWP compliance reporting online

May 27th, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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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.

Visiting this weekend? Here’s what you need to know

May 26th, 2010 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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A chilly and beautiful spring day at Mono Lake. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

A chilly and beautiful spring day at Mono Lake. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

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:

—check the weather forecast
—check road conditions
—and plan your routes accordingly!

WEATHER
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 »

Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Gray-headed Junco

May 22nd, 2010 by tdomf_e48ef
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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.

Lower Tioga Road gate opens

May 21st, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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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.

State park system in the news

May 18th, 2010 by Geoff, Executive Director
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State Park Closure Action Alert CenterThe Chronicle has an article on state parks following the Governor’s mid-May budget revision.

Don’t miss our posting in The Mono-logue as well.

San Francisco Chronicle: Budget proposal gives state parks hope

Parks survive first budget revision

May 18th, 2010 by Geoff, Executive Director
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Governor Schwarzenegger has released his mid-May revised budget proposal. Somewhat unexpectedly, it included some funding for the State Park Closure Action Alert CenterState 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 »

State budget due today, expected to be grim

May 14th, 2010 by Geoff, Executive Director
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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.

Mono Basin Clearinghouse updates for May 2010

May 13th, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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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 »

Tioga Pass lower gate still closed

May 12th, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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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.

Tuesday May 11, 2010 at noon. Contrary to rumors triggered by a blogger with incorrect information, the lower gate is still closed. Photo by Greg Reis.

Tuesday May 11, 2010 at noon. Contrary to rumors triggered by a blogger with incorrect information, the lower gate is still closed. Photo by Greg Reis.

Final streamflow report now online

May 6th, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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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 »

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