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…