Sunrise light on a grove of tufa towers emerging from the water of Mono Lake with soft green and dusty-red wild grasses in the foreground, Canada geese in the shallow water with reflections of the rocky towers, and desert hills in the distance.

#4: Big strides towards a 21st century aqueduct

Here in the office we call it the Collaborative Aqueduct Modernization & Management Plan, or CAMMP for short. But when we say things like, “Geoff, Lisa, and Morgan are CAMMP-ing,” it’s not what it sounds like. CAMMP is a State Water Board mandated series of facilitated meetings embarked upon by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, the California Department of Fish & Game, California Trout, the State Water Board-appointed Stream Scientists, and the Mono Lake Committee with the goal of working through the details of implementing the scientific streamflow prescriptions issued in 2010 and the associated aqueduct modernization necessary for the aging infrastructure to be able to reach the restoration goals at Mono Lake.

So … what does all that mean? It means that Mono Lake Committee staff are working on the core of the Mono Lake Committee’s mission: protecting and restoring the Mono Basin ecosystem through cooperative solution that protect Mono Lake and meet the real water needs of Los Angeles. What does it look like? Frequent meetings, conference calls, consultations with Mono Lake experts of all sorts, complex water balance models, lake level regression equations … you get the idea.

With six months of CAMMP under our belts we’re really getting down to the hard issues and the big decisions. When we say that the Mono Lake Committee is here to make sure that DWP follows through on doing what is necessary in order to bring streams to health … this is how we do it.

"CAMMPers" Greg Reis, Lisa Cutting, Mark Drew (CalTrout), Geoff McQuilkin, and Peter Vorster on the way to a meeting in Sacramento. Photo by Morgan Lindsay.

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