Snow covered piñon pine with a snow dusted landscape with both of Mono Lake's islands in the distance.

Make a 2021 year-end donation now

Did you mail us a year-end credit card gift?

The winter weather and three-day closure of Highway 395 have disrupted our mail delivery! If you recently sent a credit card gift through the mail, we may not receive your contribution in time to process it in 2021. If you would like to ensure we receive your credit card gift in time, please call (760) 647-6595 between 9:00am and 3:00pm today or email Checks postmarked by December 31 will count toward donations in 2021. 

To close out 2021 strong we have set ourselves a challenging goal of 750 supporters donating online this month.

Will you join these hundreds of supporters and help us reach the goal by making a donation of any amount today? Together we will turn this year’s accomplishments into on-the-ground results for Mono Lake.

Good work in 2021

It’s because of members and supporters like you that the Mono Lake Committee has moved major, meaningful projects forward this year—thank you.

This year the State Water Board issued Order 21-86, turning years of scientific analysis, legal negotiations, and public policy work into mandatory requirements that advance the goal of restoring 20 miles of Mono Lake’s tributaries to further heal the damage done by past decades of excessive Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) water diversions.

Under the new order, natural streamflow patterns will be mimicked, Rush Creek’s bottomland forest, meadows, and channels will be restored, Walker and Parker creeks will never be diverted again, and the antiquated aqueduct infrastructure at Grant Lake Reservoir’s dam will be modernized—after years of delays by DWP—with a new outlet that will deliver essential high springtime snowmelt flows to Rush Creek.

And that’s not all. Mono Lake remains critically below its ecologically sustainable management level, and we are mobilizing our science, legal, and political expertise to remedy this situation. Meanwhile, we are preparing to install the temporary fence across the exposed landbridge once again, to keep coyotes from invading the nesting California Gull colony this spring. And through it all we continue to look towards the future offering naturalist tours for the public and week-long watershed education programs for underserved Los Angeles youth.

Thank you for everything you have done for Mono Lake this year—we are continually inspired by what we can accomplish together.

Snow covered view of Mono Lake and tufa with the islands Paoha and Negit in the distance.
Let’s close out 2021 strong and step into a bright new year at Mono Lake! Photo courtesy of Russ Taylor.

Top photo by Bartshe Miller.