Events

4/28/2006 Water and Power visit Inyo and Mono counties--will they stay?

The new Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners will visit the eastern Sierra this week. The Commissioners, who are appointed by the Los Angeles mayor, govern and direct the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. In conjunction with their visit, several public meetings will be held in Inyo and Mono counties with opportunities to learn, ask questions, and/or share your opinion about water policy and other local land management issues. Check the following list of meetings from Wednesday through Friday if you would like to attend a meeting nearby.

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Wednesday evening, April 26, 2006

5:30 to 7 p.m.
WHAT: Public reception, Mammoth Lakes, California
WHERE: Emerald Room in the Grand Sierra Lodge at the Village
1111 Forest Trail off of Minaret Road
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Julie Bear, Executive Director of the Eastern Sierra Land
Trust at (760) 873-4554.
DESCRIPTION: This reception, hosted by Eastern Sierra Land Trust, Mono Lake Committee, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and the ALIMAR Foundation, will provide an opportunity to meet the new Commissioners: Mary Nichols, David Nahai, Edith Ramirez, Nick Patsauoras, Deputy Mayor Nancy Sutley, General Manager Ron Deaton, and others.

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Thursday morning, April 27, 2006

8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
WHAT: Public forum, Mammoth Lakes, California
WHERE: Suite Z, above the Vons Store on the corner
of Meridian and Old Mammoth Road
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Julie Bear, Executive Director of the Eastern Sierra Land
Trust at (760) 873-4554.
DESCRIPTION: The Los Angeles Board of Water & Power Commissioners, Deputy Mayor
Nancy Sutley, General Manager Ron Deaton and others will be visiting Mono County and Mammoth Lakes to discuss land protection, recreation, and educational opportunities, and to seek solutions to historic and current issues in the Eastern Sierra.

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Thursday afternoon, April 27, 2006

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHAT: Special joint meeting and public workshop, Inyo County Board of Supervisors and DWP Board of Water and Power Commissioners
WHERE: Tri County Fairgrounds, Home Economics Building, Sierra Street and Fair Drive in Bishop, California
FOR MORE INFORMATION: See www.countyofinyo.org/board_agenda.htm and www.inyowater.org
DESCRIPTION: This is an opportunity to learn about--among other issues--the Long Term Water Agreement between Inyo County and Los Angeles, how it is meant to affect groundwater pumping management, and how the decision process works or does not work between Inyo and Los Angeles.
FROM THE AGENDA:
"The Board of Supervisors and the Board of Water and Power Commissioners will meet in a workshop setting to discuss the following: 
A) Mr. Ron Chegwidden, Inyo County Public Works Director, will lead the discussion on Eastern Sierra Regional Airport (Bishop Airport) issues. 
B)  Mr. Tom Brooks, Inyo County Water Director will lead the discussion on an overview of the Long Term Water Agreement including the County's perspective on pumping management, surface water management, mitigation projects, and the cooperative decision-making process.  
C)  Mr. Ron Juliff, Inyo County Administrator, will lead the discussion on other County of Inyo issues related to the Long Term Water Agreement (LTWA) 75-acre land release. "

(A public comment period will also precede the workshop.)

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Friday morning, April 28, 2006

10 a.m. to adjournment

WHAT: Public joint meeting between the Governing Board of the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Board of Water and Power Commissioners
WHERE: Patio Room, Tri-County Fairgrounds, Bishop, California
MORE INFORMATION: www.gbuapcd.org
DESCRIPTION: Another good learning opportunity, as well as an opportunity to share your opinion about Owens Lake dust. The Great Basin Air Pollution Control District recently determined that, although emissions from the lake bed have improved (i.e., decreased) somewhat, Los Angeles needs to control emissions from an additional 8.6 square miles of dry lake bed to meet federal air pollution control standards. Although the lakebed emissions issue has been studied for decades and local residents still endure lake bed dust storms, LADWP has appealed the decision, suggested further studies, and announced that it would rather "wait and see" if the dust will subside after DWP completes its current efforts.

THE AGENDA:
1. Introductions
2a. Overview by Great Basin staff regarding history and regulatory framework of Owens Lake air pollution issue
b. Overview by LADWP staff regarding Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program
3. Other regulatory agency comments
4. Discussion by Board members
5. Opportunity for the public to address Boards (Speakers may be limited in speaking time depending on the number of people wishing to address the Boards).
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