Mono Lake Committee staff and experts are hard at work reviewing the recently released draft “Synthesis of Instream Flow Recommendations” report.
The report is based on over a decade of supporting studies, monitoring, and detailed field work by the State Water Board-appointed expert stream scientists. The recommendations are a critical step forward in revising the timing, magnitude, and characteristics of water releases into Rush, Lee Vining, Parker, and Walker creeks to enhance the restoration of these important Mono Lake tributaries.
A prime question on our list is whether the recommended flow amounts (summer and winter base flows and spring peak flows) are appropriate for the needs of the stream system. This will include looking at components such as bedload movement capabilities, floodplain inundation, groundwater recharge, trout requirements, and macroinvertebrate habitat.
After establishing the scientific recommendations, the next question up will be: Can the current Los Angeles Aqueduct infrastructure reliably deliver the new recommended flows? And if not, what improvements are necessary?
You can check out the report by following the links from our Streamflow Center. Stay tuned for further updates!