10/17/2007 Two issues, one night: Owens Lake dust control, Coso Geothermal groundwater pumping
When it rains, it pours. Two great opportunities to learn and offer input on two water projects occur in two places on one night this week. (Careful planners or highly energetic water watchdogs may be able to attend both.) Documents describing both projects are also available at Inyo County libraries.

1. Revised Owens Lake Dust (PM10) Control Plan and Subsequent Environmental Impact Report--public information and comment meeting

WHEN AND WHERE: Wednesday, October 17, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Inyo County Administrative Center, 224 North Edwards Street (US Hwy. 395), Independence.

THE PROJECT (excerpted from Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District's public announcement):
"The Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (GBUAPCD) has prepared a revised plan to control dust emissions (PM10) in the Southern Owens Valley, California. The document is known as the Draft 2008 Owens Valley PM10 Planning Area Demonstration of Attainment State Implementation Plan (Draft SIP)....The District encourages those who have comments on the Draft SIP and Draft EIR to attend the meeting on October 17, 2007 and to submit written comments or make oral statements prior to the close of the comment period on October 30, 2007."

MORE INFORMATION: Copies of the draft SIP and draft EIR have been posted on the GBUAPCD web site at

To go directly to documents, see

To request a CD (free) or a hard copy (reproduction cost) or to request more information, call GBUAPCD Board Clerk Wendy Sugimura at 760-872-8211.

2. Public scoping meeting for a plan to pump groundwater from Rose Valley for steam production for geothermal energy (Coso Operating Company)

WHEN AND WHERE: Wednesday, October 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Statham Hall, 138 N. Jackson St. (corner of Jackson and Bush streets), Lone Pine.

THE PROJECT (excerpted from "Project Overview" on the Inyo County Planning Department web site):
"Coso Operating Company on behalf of Coso Hay Ranch LLC (“Coso”) has applied for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a 30-year period to pump up to 4,893 acre feet per year of water from the wells at the Coso Hay Ranch and transport the water from the ranch via a 9-mile pipeline for reinjection into the Coso Geothermal Field....The water will be used to sustain the steam production of the geothermal field. The proposed project includes the installation of pumps and well improvements at Coso Ranch, addition of an electrical power substation, and construction of a 9-mile buried pipeline with associated pumps and water storage tanks to transport the water to the geothermal field."

More information: For an overview see

or view the Notice of Preparation at

Contact the Inyo County Planning Department at 760-878-0263 with questions and comments.

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