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Hydrology Update for 12/18/08

December 18th, 2008 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Mono Lake dropped 0.08 feet this past week and currently is at the low point for the year: 6382.07′. This was a bit unexpected, considering the cold and wet weather we’ve had this past week. But it wasn’t that wet and it was very cold. It does make sense, since inflow from Rush Creek is the lowest in decades. Also, the extreme cold weather has turned liquid into solid, resulting in a reduced inflow to Mono Lake–because solid doesn’t flow!

If the lake drops any more at all, it is off the gauge–and we wouldn’t know the level until … more »

Wet in Los Angeles

December 18th, 2008 by Geoff, Executive Director
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I’m in Los Angeles this week–in fact, a day longer than planned thanks to some large early winter storms. Downtown received several inches of rain on Monday. On Wednesday, as I wrapped up my Mono Lake visits at the City Council and Department of Water and Power, it was raining again–a lot!

Rainfalls at City Hall

Rain falls at City Hall

The snow level had fallen well into … more »

2008 Outdoor Experiences season ends …

December 15th, 2008 by Santiago, Outdoor Experiences Manager
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… and I am back in the office for the winter! This year’s Outdoor Experiences season was probably the longest in the history of the program–we started in May and finished in mid-November; a record seven months! This year, we also celebrated the 15th anniversary of the program.

I can happily say that … more »

Snow is falling!

December 15th, 2008 by Arya, Communications Director
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Much-anticipated snowfall began last night here in Lee Vining and is continuing this morning. It’s still a little blustery, definitely cold, and I’m hoping that the big cloud hanging over town has more snow in it for us.

Ptarmigan at Virginia Lakes. By Matt Banta.

White-tailed Ptarmigan at Virginia Lakes.

I was lucky to … more »

New Green LADWP Commissioner appointed

December 15th, 2008 by Geoff, Executive Director
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Jonathan Parfrey was appointed as one of five Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Commissioners on Friday–and he’s a committed environmental advocate.

This is good news for Mono Lake. Jonathan is a strong environmental advocate who understands the critical linkage between water conservation, water recycling, and the City’s environmental responsibility to the lake. He also understands what needs to be accomplished to transform DWP into the a green utility. As a matter of fact … more »

New book: “Mono Lake Basin” by local authors

December 14th, 2008 by Arya, Communications Director
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We are excited to announce the arrival of new book Mono Lake Basin by David Carle and Don Banta, two local authors.

"Mono Lake Basin" is the new book by local authors David Carle and Don Banta as part of the popular "Images of America" series by Arcadia Publishing.

Mono Lake Basin, the new book by local residents David Carle and Don Banta, is a part of the "Images of America" series by Arcadia Publishing.

The book itself tells the story of the Mono Lake Basin through vintage pictures and captions from before … more »

Holiday shopping that supports Mono Lake

December 10th, 2008 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Erika Obedzinski, 2008 Office Director.

Thank you to all of you that have been doing some of your holiday shopping through the Mono Lake Committee! We appreciate the support this generates both in getting the word out to others about Mono Lake and the revenue it generates, especially in this tough economic time.

We’re all set up to get orders out quickly, so if there’s something you’d like to buy through the Committee’s online store, or from … more »

PBS segment: Polluted rain runoff

December 7th, 2008 by Arya, Communications Director
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I just caught this spot on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, which I listen to on the radio, but you can see, read, or listen here. It feels unusually dry in Lee Vining right now so we’re all crossing our fingers for snow. In rainy areas it’s … more »

Mono Basin Hydrology Update for 12/4/08

December 5th, 2008 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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This morning dawned frosty and clear on a rising Mono Lake. Today’s elevation is 6382.19 feet above sea level. This is about a tenth of a foot higher than it was a month ago, when it reached its lowest point for the year.

This seems to answer the question posed today in an email, “Do you really think it’s reached it’s lowest point of the winter and that it won’t continue to drop again till we get significant snow?” But a drop this month isn’t impossible… … more »

A hard-won Thanksgiving Trout

November 27th, 2008 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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The Mono Basin was dappled in coats of snow and low clouds this Thanksgiving morning, and my thoughts were on turkeys and potatoes and friends. I was jarred out of all other thoughts when I gazed out onto Grant Lake Reservoir and saw an adult Bald Eagle thrashing around far out in the freezing waters.

Bald Eagle, Grant Lake, Thanksgiving. Photo by Justin Hite.

Bald Eagle, Grant Lake, Thanksgiving. Photo by Justin Hite.

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