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Happy Spring!

March 20th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

Today is the Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. The days are now getting longer than the nights, the sun continues to move higher in the sky, and the snow line continues to move uphill. Our homepage has changed–winter photos are gone and spring … more »

Mono Lake Committee travels to St. Lucia, South Africa

March 16th, 2009 by Arya, Communications Director

This afternoon I’m traveling to South Africa to visit one of the lakes in the international Living Lakes network, St. Lucia. Funded by a private grant secured together with the Wildlands Conservation Trust, I am going to St. Lucia in support of connecting people at non-profits–the people who do the on-the-ground work of lake protection around the world. This is both a dream come true and the opportunity of a lifetime. Armed with my trusty notebook I will be posting to The Mono-logue as opportunities arise in the next seven days of work and travel. … more »

Hydrology Update: Snowpack catches up to average

March 13th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

Some snow sensors in the Mono Basin are reporting above-average snowpack! Gem Pass snow water content is 108% of the March 10th average! This is 96% of the April 1st average–the typical date of peak snowpack in the Sierra. Most other snow measurements in the area are … more »

Swallows are back!

March 13th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: 3/12/09

Yesterday while kayaking down Rush Creek where it flows through the mostly-empty bottom of Grant Lake Reservoir, I saw dippers, many ducks (at least one was a Canvasback), and swallows! The swallows were swooping around above the creek where it had cut through the sediment-filled reservoir-bottom.

Action Alert Update: First Vote Lost by 2, Second Vote Coming Up

March 12th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

Today the US House of Representatives voted 282 to 144 to pass S.22, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act–but since a 2/3 majority was required for procedural reasons, the bill hasn’t passed yet.

The east slopes of Mt. Conness and North Peak are proposed for Wilderness designation. Photo by Greg Reis.

The east slopes of Mt. Conness and North Peak are proposed for Wilderness designation. Photo by Greg Reis.

Another vote will be taken at some point, perhaps soon. And an amendment was added which requires the bill, if it passes, to go back to the senate.

Please call your representative and thank them for voting yes! If they voted no, please call them to ask that they vote yes the next time around. See how your representative voted. U.S. Capitol Switchboard phone number to be transferred to your Rep’s office: (202) 224-3121.

Please explain to your representative why you support this bill. The Mono Lake Committee supports it because … more »

Route Designation on the Inyo National Forest

March 11th, 2009 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

The Inyo National Forest is currently accepting comments on their Motorized Travel Management Project. The comment period is open through the end of March. Stop by the Mono Lake Committee Information Center and Bookstore on Highway 395 in Lee Vining to check the maps and make your comments. Or you can check the USFS website for all the detailed information on the project.

This project is part of … more »

Mountain Bluebird!

March 5th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: March 5, 2009

Saw a beautiful male Mountain Bluebird this afternoon by the west shore of the lake. Spring is in the air.

Mono Basin Winter Update: Spring is coming

March 4th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

The Spring equinox is less than three weeks away. The days are getting longer and the sun is getting higher in the sky, making it harder for snow to stay on the ground around Mono Lake–except in shady places. More snow has melted than has fallen in the past week.

A week ago rain and warmer temperatures began melting the abundant snow dropped earlier in the month. Very high winds (gusts over 50 mph on several days) during the last week, combined with the warm temperatures and dry weather, stripped the snow away from the elevations around Mono Lake and Lee Vining. On Sunday night and Monday over … more »

Radio piece on California drought

March 3rd, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director

NPR is running a four-minute story on California and the drought today, including a look at DWP’s plans in Los Angeles:

Calif. Prepares For More Drought Restrictions : NPR.

Vote today for Sierra watershed protection funds

March 2nd, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director

Our friends at the Sierra Nevada Alliance are in the running for a $10,000 grant to support volunteer watershed stewardship and protection. The twist is that the funder is asking the public to vote for who gets the funding. Please consider voting for the Alliance! To vote, just go to:

Here are mote details (from the Sierra Nevada Alliance): … more »

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