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.

Los Angeles and Great Basin Air Pollution Control District reach agreement about Owens Valley dust

After decades of negotiations over controlling dust storms at Owens Lake an agreement has been reached for how to proceed into the future.

The agreement will allow the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) to use a nearly waterless dust control method on Owens Lake, and it also provides DWP with certainty about how many acres of the dry lakebed will ever have to be controlled for dust. For the Great Basin Air Pollution Control District, the agreement offers a way forward that will ensure cleaner air for the people and the environment of the Eastern Sierra.

Read the LA Times‘ full article here: New dust-busting method ends LA’s longtime feud with Owens Valley

Dust-control methods at Owens Lake include shallow flooding, gravel spreading, and tilling up clods of clay. Photo by Elin Ljung.