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Sunset at Mono Lake with pink hues in the clouds and reflected in the water. with an island made of tufa in the distance and tufa towers framing the foreground.

Thank you for helping us reach our Giving Tuesday goal!

Over the past week, in an incredible outpouring of support, we made our Giving Tuesday fundraising goal. Together with our $15,000 challenge-match, we raised more than $30,000 for Mono Lake! Thank you … for donating and doubling your impact, becoming a member…
A brown hilly landscape dotted with evergreen trees slopes up into the dark and snow striped Sierra Nevada mountains against a blue sky.

Genny Smith memorial Mono Lake Moment

On Friday, November 27th at 11:00am PST, there will be a special Mono Lake Moment in memory of Genny Smith, the Naturalist Queen of the Eastern Sierra, who passed away in 2018. Genny played a key role in the protection…
A cheerful employee wearing a mask stands in the store behind clear plastic for Covid-19 safety.

Do your holiday shopping at the Mono Lake Committee

The holiday season is upon us, and while our typical cheery traditions of gathering and sharing meals may be put on hold, the classic holiday tradition of exchanging gifts is still very much active. If you haven’t visited our new…
Trees and shrubbery colored light and dark green line the hills in the foreground, and rocky dark blue and snowcapped mountains are peaking out behind them.

Tioga Inn’s rough road, final approval vote delayed

On October 14, the Mono County Board of Supervisors certified the Tioga Inn Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR) by a vote of 3–1. However, the Supervisors did not vote to approve the Tioga Inn project and override its significant…
A woman crouches at the gray blue edge of Mono Lake and looks out towards the large black rock outcropping on the opposite shore.

Third-driest water year on record

At the Cain Ranch weather station five miles south of Lee Vining, where precipitation records go back to 1932, the 2020 water year was the third-driest on record. Only 47% of average precipitation, or 4.92 inches, was measured at that…
Green grasses line the still pond water, which reflects the light blue and pastel pink sky.

DeChambeau Pond #2 makes a full recovery

Throughout August, DeChambeau Pond #2 had a low water level, limiting its value to the wildlife that enjoy the US Forest Service (USFS) managed DeChambeau Ponds. On September 1st, USFS staff discovered that an unauthorized adjustment had been made to…