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As is tradition in early April, this morning staff from the Mono Lake Committee and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) met at Mono Lake’s shore to read the lake level gauge at the start of this new runoff year.
The lake’s surface was a bit unsettled due to a spring rainstorm passing through, but Maureen (Committee) and Jason (DWP) watched the fluctuations carefully and settled on an official lake level reading of 6382.07 feet above sea level.
When Mono Lake stands between 6380 and 6391 feet on April 1st, DWP can export up to 16,000 acre-feet of water for the year, according to the rules set out in the State Water Board’s Decision 1631 from 1994. When the lake stands below 6380 feet on April 1st, DWP can export up to 4,500 acre-feet in a year, and when the lake level is forecast to go below 6377 feet, no exports are allowed.