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.

Stream restoration chronology from 1982-2009

You can read a chronology of restoration from 1982-2009 on our Restoration Chronology page. For future updates on stream restoration starting in 2009–look right here on the Mono-logue!

The Mono Basin is undergoing tremendous change. Mono Lake is rising. The Mono Basin streams–Mill, Rush, Lee Vining, Walker and Parker creeks–are recovering, though the cottonwood-willow riparian forests alongside the streams are still young. It will take another 40 years for these forests to mature. Scientists are monitoring recovery with detailed measurements. On the more artistic side, photographers are tracking recovery through photopoints. For specifics, see our Restoration Chronology.