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California Drought

February 6th, 2009 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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I’ve been enjoying the warm, dry weather here in the Mono Basin, however, the outlook for water resources across the state seems much less than a joy to ponder. The morning radio show Forum on KQED out of San Francisco had an interesting discussion about California water–focusing on the prospects of a third year of drought. Guests included Jeff Mount, Paul Kelley, Peter Gleick, and Wendy Martin. A link to the archived show is here: High and Dry: The California Drought.

I went for a long … more »

Mark Ruffalo conserves water with Mono Lake water bottles!

February 5th, 2009 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Erika Obedzinski, 2009 Office Director.

One afternoon several weeks ago Elin and I were in the main Mono Lake Committee office when the phone rang. Elin answered and soon passed the call on to me letting me know it was someone working on a film in Los Angeles who had a question for us. Assuming it would be a permit question I would need to pass on to State Parks, it was a fun surprise when I got on the line and James Burkhammer told me he was working on a film with actor and director Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo with his Mono Lake Committe water bottle on set. Photo courtesy of popsugar.com.

Mark Ruffalo with his Mono Lake Committee water bottle on the set of Sympathy for Delicious. Photo courtesy of popsugar.com.

and actor Orlando Bloom–he wanted to know if we would send them our stainless steel logo water bottles for the cast and crew! They would … more »

Mono Basin Winter Update: Storms on the horizon to end T-shirt weather

February 5th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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WEATHER

The weather has been cool and brilliant since a few stormy days cleared around January 26th. Lows are around 20 and highs are around 50 F. Mid-day hikes in the sun can be done in a t-shirt–and there is plenty of snow-free hiking below 7,000′. Snow is expected to return Thursday through Saturday with more chances of stormy weather the following Tuesday.

ROADS

The storm a week and a half ago dropped some rain and finished with a dusting of snow. … more »

Action Alert – Your phone call for wilderness needed!

February 4th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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Mono Lake needs your help!

Congress is preparing to act on historic wilderness and wild rivers legislation that will protect public lands near Mono Lake and in the Eastern Sierra.

Please phone your Congressional representative and express your support! … more »

Recently added Website features

January 31st, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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We are hard at work optimizing a lot of little details on the Mono Lake Website. A few new features … more »

A new tree species, of sorts

January 30th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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Can you spot the new species of pine tree sprouting in this Lee Vining photo (taken yesterday and, yes, we really should have more snow in town right now)?

Lee Vining looking south

Looking south through Lee Vining.

Well, it’s the fabled … more »

WRD supports Outdoor Education at Mono Lake

January 25th, 2009 by Bartshé, Education Director
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The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) has committed $10,000 to underwrite transportation and scholarships for more students to participate in Mono Lake Committee’s Outdoor Experience Program (OE). Thanks to WRD’s support, more students will be able to experience Mono Lake and see how solutions work in balancing the water needs of people and their watersheds. OE is … more »

It’s really raining

January 22nd, 2009 by Arya, Communications Director
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It’s raining hard at this very moment in Lee Vining. We can hear it on the roof here in the office, and it’s all puddles outside in the garden. Looking out across the lake there’s mist hanging in the air, and I can just see the east shore hills in outline on the horizon.

It’s pretty unusual for it to rain like this. And on top of an already unusual January, with virtually no snow, it’s hard to … more »

2009 Chautauqua begins to hatch!

January 19th, 2009 by Lisa, Eastern Sierra Policy Director
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With the New Year now upon us, the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua planning committee met to review and confirm presenters for the 8th annual festival. I left the meeting so excited, I just had to write on the Mono-logue!

Hold onto your binoculars, because … more »

EPA video features rain gardens

January 16th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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The US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Botanic Garden produced this nine-minute online video, “Reduce Runoff: Slow It Down, Spread It Out, Soak It In,” that highlights green techniques such as rain gardens, green roofs and rain barrels to help manage stormwater runoff. … more »

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