The local highway project designed to control rockfall—and, thanks to Mono Lake Committee member involvement, to stop erosion and to achieve slope revegetation—starts today. The slopes adjacent to Mono Lake that are pictured below will receive the first treatment. Read more on our web page devoted to the project.
The much-anticipated official opening of Tioga Pass for the 2015 season is here.
We recommend that all travelers check on road closures, weather, and road conditions before traveling. Tioga Pass is still subject to closure for spring weather events that cause dangerous driving conditions. Travelers should also expect delays for roadwork. Also note that entrance fees to the park have increased, and the fee structure has changed.
Drive safely and we hope to see you at Mono Lake soon!
Register before June 6 for the early-bird rate of $40. Entrance fees increase to $50 after that, and then to $60 on August 6 through race day.
The race will be held on Sunday, September 13, and all proceeds from the run will benefit the Mono Lake Committee.
Join the camaraderie of the Tioga Pass Run: 3,164 feet of elevation gain over a 12.4-mile course along the shoulder of one of the most scenic highways in the country! The run starts in Lee Vining at an elevation of 6,781 feet and finishes at the Tioga Pass entrance station to Yosemite at an elevation of 9,945 feet.
On April 24th community members, friends, and family of Andrea Mead Lawrence gathered at Mammoth Mountain’s Parallax Restaurant to commemorate Andrea’s life and those who embody her spirit of community and conservationism through the presentation of the Andrea Lawrence Award.
Andrea was a visionary environmental leader, two-time Olympic gold medalist, mother of five, 16-year Mono County Supervisor, and Mono Lake Committee board member. Since her passing in 2009, the Mono Lake Committee has hosted the Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner to celebrate her influential life and those who continue to improve and protect the Eastern Sierra through their passionate engagement with community and the land. … more »
It’s the news everyone has been waiting for: Tioga Pass will open on Monday, May 4 at 8:00am, allowing visitors to access Yosemite National Park from the eastern entrance.
Though it’s a drought year, snow and icy conditions may still exist on hiking trails at higher elevations, so please be prepared for snowy conditions and possible treacherous stream crossings if you’re going hiking in the backcountry. All campgrounds along the Tioga Road are currently closed, with no estimated opening dates. In addition, the Tuolumne Meadows gas station, store, and grill are also closed.
As always, late spring storms may temporarily close the Tioga Road, so be sure to check road conditions before you travel.
October to March precipitation was 33% of average—driest on record for Lee Vining and third-driest on record for Cain Ranch. The April 1 snow surveys found only 14% of average snow water content in the Mono Basin after a warm March melted much of the already near-record-low snowpack.
Based on precipitation, snowpack, and recent runoff, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) has run its forecasting equations and issued its runoff forecast: 19% of average runoff is expected for April–September, and 25% over the next year—assuming median precipitation falls. 2015 April–September runoff is not only going to be less than 1977, the driest year on record—it is expected to be less than half of 1977’s runoff.
We are in uncharted territory. It has not been this dry since records began in the Mono Basin. This will be a challenging year for our ecosystems and for water management.
Caltrans has released the third road report for the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project on Highway 395 along Mono Lake just north of Lee Vining.
Updates are also posted regularly on Twitter and Facebook.
Click here for all project updates and background.
Text from the official update is below.
The Mono Lake Committee, US Forest Service, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, California State Parks, and the Bodie Foundation are teaming up to sponsor the twelfth season of our Mono Lake Volunteer Program this summer. Volunteers will have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and share their knowledge of the Eastern Sierra. It’s a great way to learn about Mono Lake while getting to know fellow volunteers and giving back to the area.
Mono Lake volunteers are an essential part of the interpretation and overall guest experience at Mono Lake. Every year, volunteers connect with … more »
Join us for a delicious dinner in a spectacular setting in honor of Andrea Lawrence, Olympic double gold medalist and champion of the Eastern Sierra’s landscape and economy. This year’s dinner features keynote speaker Marcie Edwards, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, and we’ll be honoring local air quality defender Ted Schade with this year’s Andrea Lawrence Award.
We have just a few spots left for the Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner so contact us right away! The dinner will be held this Friday, April 24 at Mammoth Mountain’s Parallax Restaurant at 5:30pm. Call (760) 647-6595 to reserve your seat with a $65 donation.
A court ruled today that the tiered rate structures that have been hugely successful in encouraging water conservation are unconstitutional. Under these approaches to billing, which are used by water providers statewide, a basic increment of water comes at a basic price, with additional use “tiers” costing more. The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, for example, has been looking to expand from two pricing tiers to four. The court decision appears to take away one of the most successful tools that have been used for urban water conservation.
Governor Brown, according to the Sacramento Bee, said the court decision is “a straitjacket on local government at a time when maximum flexibility is needed.”
Read more in the Los Angeles Times: In blow to water conservation, court rejects city’s tiered rates