New! Conservation Alerts from the Bristlecone Chapter: if you'd like to receive occasional emails alerting you to conservation issues which directly affect the Eastern Sierra, contact Steve McLaughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be added to the email list. Our first Conservation Alert was sent on 2/1/2011 about the Bodie Hills.
- Owens Lakebed Planning Process - the Bristlecone Chapter is one of many stakeholders and participants in this process, thanks to Steve McLaughlin, Partnerships Chair, who attends all the planning meetings. To read about Steve's perspective on the process, see his article, "Owens Lake–It’s Not Just for the Birds" in the May-June 2011 newsletter.
- Bodie Hills
- Groundwater Pumping and the Inyo-LA Long Term Water Agreement (LTWA)
- LADWP's Solar
- See our Creosote Ring Sub-chapter page for information about the Ridgecrest Solar Power Project (RSPP)
- See LA Times story, L.A. takes a shine to another Owens Valley product: sun for some background
- The Solar Park is proposed as a dust control measure that provides energy as a bonus. No one knows how effective solar panels will be for dust control, so testing is needed. See the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District's Owens Dust Cam to get an idea of the scope of the issue.
Notes from the Conservation Chair
The current goal of my activities as conservation chair is to focus attention on the excessive groundwater pumping conducted by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) and the destructive effects this pumping is having on Owens Valley alkali meadow habitat. This habitat is rare in California and is home to a number of rare species.
DWP's pumping is supposed to be managed in accordance with provisions of the Inyo-LA Long Term Water Agreement (LTWA). There are abundant data, however, showing DWP's management is not in compliance with the LTWA. For more information about the provisions of the LTWA and DWP's failed implementation of it, please visit the Owens Valley Committee website at www.ovcweb.org.
2009 CNPS Conservation Conference Proceedings
Strategies & Solutions, the 2009 CNPS Conservation Conference brought together hundreds of botanical experts, artists, amateurs, students, and policy-makers. The Conference Proceedings, just printed in November 2011, includes 51 papers on topics ranging from rare plant introduction, regional conservation planning, habitat restoration, and mapping the vegetation of California. The proceedings cost $65, and the complete table of contents may be viewed online at Proceedings of the 2009 CNPS Conservation Conference, Strategies and Solutions (table of contents). Bristlecone Chapter member Sally Manning has an article in the book:
"Managing groundwater pumping to conserve native alkali meadow in Owens Valley, California," p.131.
"Managing Drought in Owens Valley" Parts 1 and 2
Videos of a case study presentation at the Ecological Society of America November 2009 Millenium Conference, "Water-Ecosystem Services, Drought, and Environmental Justice," presented by Bristlecone Chapter Conservation Chair Daniel Pritchett and (then) Vice-President Sally Manning:
Recent Conservation Articles from our Newsletter
- September/October: The Aqueduct centennial: colonial arrogance
- July/August 2012: A Stroll Down Memory Lane and News from the Front
- May/June 2012: DWP declares war on the Eastern Sierra; DWP Releases 2012-2013 Draft Pumping Plan; Another DWP Water Agreement dispute?
- March/April 2012: “Avoid” is equivalent to “mitigate after the fact”
- January/February 2012: Dead Alkali Meadow Turns Deadly and Good news from Blackrock
- November/December 2011: “Mitigation” at Owens Lake, Blackrock Correction, and Blackrock Update
- September/October 2011: Bodie Hills Update, and Blackrock Blows up the Water Agreement!
- May/June 2011: Drought Recovery Policy Abandoned and Inyo County Sacrifices Parcel Blackrock 94
- March/April 2011: Water Commission Hits the Ground Crawling and Blackrock Saga Continues and Standing Committee Follies (or woops!)
- January/February 2011: Resurrection of the Water Commission
- November/December 2010: Inyo County Water Commission Resurrected? and Big Pine Paiute Tribe tries to enforce the Brown Act and the LTWA
- September/October 2010: Inyo County Water Department Goes Rogue
- July/August 2010: RIP Inyo County Water Commission: 1980 -2010?
- May/June 2010: Inyo’s chickens come home to roost: DWP’s 2010 groundwater management plan
- March/April 2010: DFG Capitulates, LADWP Prevaricates
- January/February 2010: The Blackrock Saga Continues
- November/December 2009: Good News for a Change!
- May/June 2008: DWP Recognizes the Bristlecone Chapter
- January/February 2008: New Water Department Director
- November/December 2007: Conservation – Exercises in Futility
- March/April 2007: Conservation – Confusion Reigns
Daniel Pritchett (Bristlecone Chapter Conservation Chair) is responsible for the content of the conservation pages. Please contact him at email@example.com with questions or comments.