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  • InyoOwnWay | Remember the Owens Valley
    residents and eventual the LA City Council Los Angeles repeatedly referred to the land as assets and the locals saw a DWP conspiracy in every shadow If there had been a conservation easement accepted there would be no solar project proposal today Mary Austin summed it up when she left the valley over 100 years ago These people don t have enough sense to save themselves Vegetated aeolian dunes resting on ancient Owens Lake bed Share this Email Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Inyo Los Angeles Owens Valley solar Wildlife on October 12 2013 by Mike Prather Enough Water by Mike Prather Leave a reply The 1991 Inyo County Los Angeles Long term Groundwater Agreement attempted to settle the partys litigation over water management and environmental destruction in the Owens Valley In 1969 the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power LADWP finished its Second LA Aqueduct SLAA and massive groundwater pumping commenced in 1970 Before that year was over the extent of the environmental violence was clearly felt even by the Inyo County Board of Supervisors Fish Springs with 20 000 acre feet year flow AF yr extinct Blackrock Springs extinct the springfield surrounding Independence dead water tables in all of the LADWP well fields dropped below the rooting zones of plant communities Inyo County sued Los Angeles using the brand new California Environmental Act CEQA A one horse rural county such as Inyo has shallow pockets It is an understatement to describe this environmental justice struggle as a David versus Goliath battle Inyo County is slightly larger than Connecticut with nearly 18 000 residents just the LADWP has 10 000 employees Los Angeles although much smaller in areal extent has nearly 4 million people The courts agreed with Inyo that Los Angeles must write and adequate Environmental Impact Report EIR for their groundwater pumping project LA had come for surface water with the 1913 aqueduct Now they had come back with the 1969 Second Aqueduct to be filled with groundwater Dead cow on Owens Lake The Owens Valley is unique in California for being green in the summer instead of crispy golden brown Groundwater close to the surface supplying the root zone supports phreatophytic plants explaining this anomaly In the 1960 s LADWP quantified the volume of groundwater under the Owens River flood plain that was being taken up by plants and transpired They came up 200 000 AF yr of water being wasted Analysis was made showing that phreatophytes would die back but they would be replaced by other plants No problem Such thinking and behavior by LADWP in the Owens Valley was the opening of the second water war Since those years there has been a non stopped effort by local environmental groups such as the Owens Valley Committee Sierra Club local chapter of CNPS and Inyo County to mitigate damage and stop addition assault some water is back in 62 miles of the Lower Owens River and there are additionally various enhancements and mitigations However multiple issues are in still dispute between Inyo and LA It will take years to work out disputes and details of possible solutions Something as fundamental as flaws in the 1991 Long term Groundwater Agreement and technical manual must be fixed in order to avoid endless conflicts in the future Share this Email Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in aqueduct history Inyo Los Angeles Owens Lake Owens Valley Water on October 9 2013 by Mike Prather The Cherry Orchard by Mike Prather 4 Replies My mom and aunt always scolded me You can t stop progress when I would complain about our town changing I was 19 and in college so I knew a lot about the way things should be Since I was a liberal I whined Mom and Aunt Mary grew up on a dairy during the Depression Their lives were simple but rich Complaining was left for real reasons It was not accepted lightly My noise about increasing traffic and crowding was not tolerated Since those years Highway 12 has widened to four lanes The near lane is twenty feet from the middle of the living room When the nearby stoplight turns green it sounds like a motor speedway just outside the front door There is no garden out there no lawn with an apple tree Instead there are four traffic lans and a concrete median strip This valley was quite rural when I grew up It was one ridge over from town Grandpa donated the land for the firehouse He forgave debt during the FDR years and even signed over small plots of land to friends The family grocery and feed store were also swallowed by the Highway 12 widening They are gone now That s progress When I visit my aunt and uncle I hear sounds coming up from the prune orchard I see invisible sadness in their faces The sounds aren t axes chopping Chekhov s cherry orchard They are nail guns Share this Email Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in change family history on July 21 2013 by Mike Prather Intervention by Mike Prather 3 Replies I worked along the river mostly in the cool water cutting tules from 7AM to noon Wonderful workout Song sparrows sang to us from the bull rushes and common nighthawks flew overhead calling their nasal peeeent There was help from the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe the Inyo County Water Department and the Bishop Paiute Tribe clearing choke points on approximately 1 4 mile of channel We might have all 1 5 miles of channel cleared to the Keeler Bridge by winter We need to cultivate paddlers birders and fishers They become constituents The Lower Owens River was rewatered on December 6 2006 The agreed to date promised by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was June of 2003 Oh well Litigation is cheaper than water

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  • About Mike | InyoOwnWay
    the Owens Valley LADWP water and land issues dominate conservation Since the early 1980s he has helped return water to 62 miles of the Lower Owens River dry since 1913 shaped the 1991 Inyo County Los Angeles Long term Water Agreement and began the current efforts to achieve protection for tens of thousands of migrating shorebirds and waterfowl that have returned to Owens Lake attracted to the Los Angeles Owens Lake Dust Control Project Mike is Chairman of the Inyo County Water Commission and a member of the Inyo County Los Angeles Standing Committee Mike has written for many Sierra Club and Audubon chapter newsletters He has been a participant in numerous radio and television productions dealing with desert water and wildlife These include Japanese television a BBC ABC radio series on desertification There it is Take it a DVD guided auto tour of the Eastern Sierra a KUED Salt Lake PBS program on the Las Vegas water grab in northern NV and two interviews with Which Way LA Warren Olney KCRW Share this Email Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading 2 thoughts on About Mike Pingback Stalking 100 Very Cute Mules Pasadena Adjacent Rick Ward August 12 2014 at 7 14 am Thank you Mike Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Search for Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email Email Address Recent Posts Lone Pine s lone pine Is Dead One Hundred Mules Walking LADWP Owens Valley Solar Ranch with horses Enough Water The Cherry Orchard Recent Comments Rick Ward on About Mike Stalking 100 Very Cute Mules Pasadena Adjacent on About Mike Pasadena Adjacent on One Hundred Mules Walking F on One Hundred Mules Walking Rosie Howard on One Hundred Mules

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  • Uncategorized | InyoOwnWay
    of Lone Pine in the 1872 Earthquake There are more stories than can be told but I just kept on talking I hope all other riders do converse for the entire 27 days Day Three the moving conversation rode into Lone Pine and trouble Mt Whitney behing the mule Not surprising I guess was the Saturday LA Times page one story that editorialized One Hundred Mules Walking as a silly locally unnoticed mule ride created by a rich woman and her bought off non profit followers There was even a quote by the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce Director saying no one was paying any attention at all Having a quote hungry diva as our town s face and voice is an embarrassment And having a similar writer for the LA Times helped editorialize an article about an event that actually brings much value to our Owens Valley and to the conversation as a whole We are talking history water economic survival here The road into Lone Pine from my home in the alabama Hills was packed with locals in cars and the back of pickups I saw many visitors to the valley who just happened to meet the mules I waded through through the Lion s Club BBQ and a quilt raffle for scholarships I dodged the Lone Pine High School cheerleaders belting out their Movin Mules cheer It seemed obvious to me that Lone Pine was fully engaged in this 100 mule thing What s up with the LATimes and our Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce lady Inyo County Supervisor Matt Kingsley Remote video and audio of the ride to LA solar of course Join in the conversation Opinions are welcome although facts are more valued What are the questions What are the solutions Share this Email Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on October 21 2013 by Mike Prather Intervention by Mike Prather 3 Replies I worked along the river mostly in the cool water cutting tules from 7AM to noon Wonderful workout Song sparrows sang to us from the bull rushes and common nighthawks flew overhead calling their nasal peeeent There was help from the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe the Inyo County Water Department and the Bishop Paiute Tribe clearing choke points on approximately 1 4 mile of channel We might have all 1 5 miles of channel cleared to the Keeler Bridge by winter We need to cultivate paddlers birders and fishers They become constituents The Lower Owens River was rewatered on December 6 2006 The agreed to date promised by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was June of 2003 Oh well Litigation is cheaper than water I ve been told across the table more than once Frustration with delay is what you experience Sometimes a stick in the eye Established flows are 40 cubic feet per second cfs for the year round base flow with up to 200 cfs for the mimicked spring

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  • Mike Prather | InyoOwnWay
    Owens Valley residents and eventual the LA City Council Los Angeles repeatedly referred to the land as assets and the locals saw a DWP conspiracy in every shadow If there had been a conservation easement accepted there would be no solar project proposal today Mary Austin summed it up when she left the valley over 100 years ago These people don t have enough sense to save themselves Vegetated aeolian dunes resting on ancient Owens Lake bed Share this Email Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Inyo Los Angeles Owens Valley solar Wildlife on October 12 2013 by Mike Prather Enough Water by Mike Prather Leave a reply The 1991 Inyo County Los Angeles Long term Groundwater Agreement attempted to settle the partys litigation over water management and environmental destruction in the Owens Valley In 1969 the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power LADWP finished its Second LA Aqueduct SLAA and massive groundwater pumping commenced in 1970 Before that year was over the extent of the environmental violence was clearly felt even by the Inyo County Board of Supervisors Fish Springs with 20 000 acre feet year flow AF yr extinct Blackrock Springs extinct the springfield surrounding Independence dead water tables in all of the LADWP well fields dropped below the rooting zones of plant communities Inyo County sued Los Angeles using the brand new California Environmental Act CEQA A one horse rural county such as Inyo has shallow pockets It is an understatement to describe this environmental justice struggle as a David versus Goliath battle Inyo County is slightly larger than Connecticut with nearly 18 000 residents just the LADWP has 10 000 employees Los Angeles although much smaller in areal extent has nearly 4 million people The courts agreed with Inyo that Los Angeles must write and adequate Environmental Impact Report EIR for their groundwater pumping project LA had come for surface water with the 1913 aqueduct Now they had come back with the 1969 Second Aqueduct to be filled with groundwater Dead cow on Owens Lake The Owens Valley is unique in California for being green in the summer instead of crispy golden brown Groundwater close to the surface supplying the root zone supports phreatophytic plants explaining this anomaly In the 1960 s LADWP quantified the volume of groundwater under the Owens River flood plain that was being taken up by plants and transpired They came up 200 000 AF yr of water being wasted Analysis was made showing that phreatophytes would die back but they would be replaced by other plants No problem Such thinking and behavior by LADWP in the Owens Valley was the opening of the second water war Since those years there has been a non stopped effort by local environmental groups such as the Owens Valley Committee Sierra Club local chapter of CNPS and Inyo County to mitigate damage and stop addition assault some water is back in 62 miles of the Lower Owens River and there are additionally various enhancements and mitigations However multiple issues are in still dispute between Inyo and LA It will take years to work out disputes and details of possible solutions Something as fundamental as flaws in the 1991 Long term Groundwater Agreement and technical manual must be fixed in order to avoid endless conflicts in the future Share this Email Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in aqueduct history Inyo Los Angeles Owens Lake Owens Valley Water on October 9 2013 by Mike Prather The Cherry Orchard by Mike Prather 4 Replies My mom and aunt always scolded me You can t stop progress when I would complain about our town changing I was 19 and in college so I knew a lot about the way things should be Since I was a liberal I whined Mom and Aunt Mary grew up on a dairy during the Depression Their lives were simple but rich Complaining was left for real reasons It was not accepted lightly My noise about increasing traffic and crowding was not tolerated Since those years Highway 12 has widened to four lanes The near lane is twenty feet from the middle of the living room When the nearby stoplight turns green it sounds like a motor speedway just outside the front door There is no garden out there no lawn with an apple tree Instead there are four traffic lans and a concrete median strip This valley was quite rural when I grew up It was one ridge over from town Grandpa donated the land for the firehouse He forgave debt during the FDR years and even signed over small plots of land to friends The family grocery and feed store were also swallowed by the Highway 12 widening They are gone now That s progress When I visit my aunt and uncle I hear sounds coming up from the prune orchard I see invisible sadness in their faces The sounds aren t axes chopping Chekhov s cherry orchard They are nail guns Share this Email Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in change family history on July 21 2013 by Mike Prather Intervention by Mike Prather 3 Replies I worked along the river mostly in the cool water cutting tules from 7AM to noon Wonderful workout Song sparrows sang to us from the bull rushes and common nighthawks flew overhead calling their nasal peeeent There was help from the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe the Inyo County Water Department and the Bishop Paiute Tribe clearing choke points on approximately 1 4 mile of channel We might have all 1 5 miles of channel cleared to the Keeler Bridge by winter We need to cultivate paddlers birders and fishers They become constituents The Lower Owens River was rewatered on December 6 2006 The agreed to date promised by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was June of 2003 Oh well Litigation is cheaper

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  • LADWP Owens Valley Solar ‘Ranch’ – with horses? | InyoOwnWay
    themselves Vegetated aeolian dunes resting on ancient Owens Lake bed Share this Email Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Inyo Los Angeles Owens Valley solar Wildlife on October 12 2013 by Mike Prather Post navigation Enough Water One Hundred Mules Walking One thought on LADWP Owens Valley Solar Ranch with horses F October 13 2013 at 8 22 am I m not entirely sure how democracy supposedly operates in this country any more never mind enlightenment and science when these are entirely avoided and ignored by the PTB Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Search for Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email Email Address Recent Posts Lone Pine s lone pine Is Dead One Hundred Mules Walking LADWP Owens Valley Solar Ranch with horses Enough Water The Cherry Orchard Recent Comments Rick Ward on About Mike Stalking 100 Very Cute Mules Pasadena Adjacent on About Mike Pasadena Adjacent on One Hundred Mules Walking F on One Hundred Mules Walking Rosie Howard on One Hundred Mules Walking Archives August 2014 October 2013 July 2013 June 2013 Categories aqueduct change family history Inyo Los Angeles Owens Lake Owens Valley solar Uncategorized Water Wildlife On The Coyot es Network Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist Coyote Crossing Published on September 19 2015 by Chris Clarke On Forgetting My Field Guide Birds and Words Published on September 16 2015 by Julia Zarankin My Hit Single Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers Reconciliation Ecology Published on September 12 2015 by Madhusudan Katti Making Friends With Crows The Corvid Blog Published on August 2 2015 by The Corvid Blog The Heart of Freedom Cecil the Lion Wild Within Published on July

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  • Enough Water | InyoOwnWay
    Owens River flood plain that was being taken up by plants and transpired They came up 200 000 AF yr of water being wasted Analysis was made showing that phreatophytes would die back but they would be replaced by other plants No problem Such thinking and behavior by LADWP in the Owens Valley was the opening of the second water war Since those years there has been a non stopped effort by local environmental groups such as the Owens Valley Committee Sierra Club local chapter of CNPS and Inyo County to mitigate damage and stop addition assault some water is back in 62 miles of the Lower Owens River and there are additionally various enhancements and mitigations However multiple issues are in still dispute between Inyo and LA It will take years to work out disputes and details of possible solutions Something as fundamental as flaws in the 1991 Long term Groundwater Agreement and technical manual must be fixed in order to avoid endless conflicts in the future Share this Email Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in aqueduct history Inyo Los Angeles Owens Lake Owens Valley Water on October 9 2013 by Mike Prather Post navigation The Cherry Orchard LADWP Owens Valley Solar Ranch with horses Leave a Reply Cancel reply Search for Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email Email Address Recent Posts Lone Pine s lone pine Is Dead One Hundred Mules Walking LADWP Owens Valley Solar Ranch with horses Enough Water The Cherry Orchard Recent Comments Rick Ward on About Mike Stalking 100 Very Cute Mules Pasadena Adjacent on About Mike Pasadena Adjacent on One Hundred Mules Walking F on One Hundred Mules Walking Rosie Howard

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  • The Cherry Orchard | InyoOwnWay
    July 21 2013 by Mike Prather Post navigation Intervention Enough Water 4 thoughts on The Cherry Orchard Sharon Sekhon July 21 2013 at 4 08 pm your writing is so vivid and I love your dry sense of humor thank you for sharing your observations with us in response to those cruel euphemisms that strangle us from our own emotions I must say that progress seems to be stopping us Reply wendy gordon July 21 2013 at 5 22 pm Chekov would be pleased with your post I am not a fan of progress and believe whining and protest are appropriate actions liberal or not Reply Sharrel VanRossum July 22 2013 at 4 08 am Difficult not to complain when our way of life is disappearing Many of us yearn for simple times the values the joy the connectivity Thank you for your touching story and the wonderful photos The time and people came alive in my minds eye as a result of your words Sharrel VanRossum Reply Allan Stellar July 22 2013 at 12 01 pm You can t go home again Sadly A similar experience http paradisefrommyporch blogspot com 2013 04 the cedar tree html Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Search for Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email Email Address Recent Posts Lone Pine s lone pine Is Dead One Hundred Mules Walking LADWP Owens Valley Solar Ranch with horses Enough Water The Cherry Orchard Recent Comments Rick Ward on About Mike Stalking 100 Very Cute Mules Pasadena Adjacent on About Mike Pasadena Adjacent on One Hundred Mules Walking F on One Hundred Mules Walking Rosie Howard on One Hundred Mules Walking Archives August 2014 October 2013 July 2013 June 2013

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