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  • August | 2014 | InyoOwnWay
    to stir to rise up and organize all of us Such a dream I am naive to the point of being ludicrous but I can t stop Going to the grave with much unfinished business Recruiting the young folks to get off the couch and live with purpose an examined life We are the Little Town With Lots of Charm the sign says What s with that Inyo has BIG problems with LA and we have had success fighting The City Our mighty Inyo County Water Department with its staff of 9 has stood toe to toe against a bully the folks in the 15 floor building on Hope Street in Los Angeles We ve said occasionally We want to live on our feet rather than die on our knees not my words but such perfect ones Ruiz Ditch is not a BIG problem but it is a stick in my eye every damn time I drive home up Whitney Portal Road into the Hills It is a part of the death by 1 000 cuts West entrance to City Hall in LA Share this Email Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on August 13 2014 by Mike Prather 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

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  • October | 2013 | InyoOwnWay
    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 LADWP Owens Valley Solar Ranch with horses by Mike Prather 1 Reply Clay slick and Inyo Mountains Wilderness This relatively undisturbed desert habitat in our Owens Valley is scheduled to be covered with one million solar panels A small loss in the larger picture but a sad total loss for those two square miles Inyo County s comments from their previous Board of Supervisors suggested building a viewing platform for visitors You might as well be viewing headstones Rose Springs corner notched point In 2004 a proposed conservation easement on LADWP lands in Inyo and Mono counties was opposed by most 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

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  • July | 2013 | InyoOwnWay
    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 runoff flow seen in average years This is an artificial river system it lacks the natural functions of 2000 cfs flows to scour tules and spread willow and cottonwood seed up onto the benches Cattails and bull rush crowd the channel and at times choke it off It is an unnatural system that requires human intervention in order to reach ecological goals Nothing new this is what exists on virtually every watershed in California So I slide into the water this morning to cut cattails and bull rush with a rice knife designed thousands of years ago Have faith in the ergonomics I will provide the artificial intervention necessary I will scour the tules that melting snow once cut away each spring It is a hot day but the water is cool and the work with others who care about this river is enjoyable It s not always meetings I tell people who profess the defense of Mother Nature Sometimes you need to go out and get dirty I share Stewardship Where are all of these champions today Working not working disengaged A Nature deficit A reality deficit Personally I am committed to the 62 miles of the rewatered Lower Owens River I need no motivation I spent decades in meetings settlement conferences and court rooms This river with all of its imperfections is far better than the dry channel filled with scattered tumbleweed and dust Don t let perfection be the enemy of good someone said old advice good advice My daughter Phoebe and Jake celebrating the first water in the river in 83 years Share this Email Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on July 15 2013 by Mike Prather 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

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  • June | 2013 | InyoOwnWay
    phoebes are more easily found so far Hundreds of pods form on our tree each summer These pods are food for Timbisha people The stumps made mortars for pounding the pods into meal for ovi porridge Don t eat the seeds They ll give you the runs one of my students once warned me The mother tree also provides hard wood for fire and tools It makes shade Mesquite seedlings geminate in the yard The tree must be self pollinating since there are no others around I found that they can be transplanted and that pods can be planted in pots to grow new trees My mesquite bosque dream looks possible I now have a dozen young trees going into the yard and I visualize that indoor but outdoor feeling I look forward to more Wilson s warblers and roadrunners while I wait for the chachalacas Hand rail made from our homegrown mesquite Share this Email Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Inyo Owens Valley Water Wildlife on June 19 2013 by Mike Prather Layers by Mike Prather 1 Reply Owens Valley contains layers of geomorphology aquifers and human history Each of these is interconnected One affects all others Still Share this Email Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on June 18 2013 by Mike Prather 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

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  • aqueduct | InyoOwnWay
    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 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

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  • change | InyoOwnWay
    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 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

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  • history | InyoOwnWay
    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 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

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  • Inyo | InyoOwnWay
    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 It s a Long Story by Mike Prather Leave a reply My tilting at windmills over the years at Owens Lake has a complex chronology It takes a long time to tell Garrison Frost has captured it well in Audubon CA s Audublog To read that complicated story check out the June 20th entry at www audublog org American avocets at Owens Lake Gail Klett both photos Share this Email Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Inyo Owens Lake Owens Valley Uncategorized Water Wildlife on June 23 2013 by Mike Prather Mother Tree by Mike Prather 2 Replies The honey mesquite Prosopsis juliflora sinks deep roots into desert soils in search of water You won t find them in Owens Valley unless you come to my yard Back in the 1970 s when I was living in Death Valley I dug some neighborhood soil in order to plant some pots Soon after watering young honey mesquite seedlings began to appear Yet in eight years living in DVNM I never saw a seedling in the wild I assumed young plants were consumed by jack rabbits round tailed ground squirrels and cottontails I reasoned mesquites propagated vegetatively However being a curious naturalist I transplanted a seedling into a container where it grew to four feet high by the time I moved to Owens Valley In 1981 I planted it next to the south wall of our home in the Alabama Hills Today it is a multi trunked twenty foot high tree that shades our yard It creates that indoor but outdoor feeling you have in the mesquite bosques of the Southwest I listen for chachalacas and look for green jays Bewick s wren and Say s phoebes are more easily found so far Hundreds of pods form on our tree each summer These pods are food for Timbisha people The stumps made mortars for pounding the

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