People looking downstream on Lee Vining Creek from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power water diversion infrastructure.

LA Times Editorial: How the deal to stop draining Mono Lake can help settle California’s future water wars

Los Angeles Times opinion page, "Editorial: How the deal to stop draining Mono Lake can help settle California's future water wars".

The LA Times published a timely editorial on the achievement of State Water Board Order 2021-86, which launched a new era of stream restoration for Mono Lake’s tributary streams on October 1. The well-written article shines a spotlight on both Order 2021-86 as well as its larger significance within the context of water in California.

“It’s an important achievement, demonstrating that it’s possible for a city that once plundered the pristine Eastern Sierra to be a champion of its restoration. Particular credit is due to the Mono Lake Committee, which was formed in 1978 to save the lake; and also its adversary, the L.A. Department of Water and Power, which historically has kept water flowing to the city and continues to press for a reliable water supply, but is now also a partner in protecting the environment. Managing the inherent tension between those two goals is one of the definitional tasks of 21st century California.”

LA Times Editorial Board

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Top photo by Rose Nelson.