5/6/2009 When it rains, it pours...ostensibly

When it rains, it pours--which in the Owens Valley appears to apply only to water meetings. This coming week features two water-policy related meetings in the Owens Valley. The first is a technical group meeting between Inyo and Los Angeles to discuss LADWP's proposed groundwater pumping program for 2009-2010, and the second is a public hearing to discuss the Coso Hay Ranch Water Extraction and Delivery System. Official notices for both meetings follow below. More information about the Coso Hay Ranch water extraction issue has been posted in the "Reading Room" area of our website at (scroll down to the bottom of the "reading room" page to view the list of documents available).

May 4, 2009, 8 a.m.

LADWP Multi-Purpose Room, 300 Mandich Street, Bishop, California

The public will be offered the opportunity to comment on each agenda item prior to any action on the item by the Technical Group. The public will also be offered the opportunity to address the Technical Group on any matter within the Technical Group’s jurisdiction prior to adjournment of the meeting.

Meeting Chair: Bob Harrington, Inyo County Water Department

1. Discussion of Inyo County Comments on LADWP’s proposed pumping program for runoff year 2009-10

2. Public Comment

3. Adjourn


Notice is hereby given that the Inyo County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, in the Board of Supervisors Room at the County Administrative Center in Independence, on the Appeal by Little Lake Ranch, Inc., of the Planning Commissioner's approval of the Coso Hay Ranch Water Extraction and Delivery System, Conditional Use Permit 32007-03/Coso Operation Company LLC and the certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) prepared in connection with the project.

This project involves pumping water from two existing wells at Coso's Hay Ranch property in Rose Valley (adjacent to and east of Highway 395, just north of Coso Junction, and one-half mile south of Dunmovin) for injection into their geothermal field located within the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Center (CLNAWS). Water will be withdrawn from the wells at an average of 3,000 gallons per minute (gpm), or approximately 4,800 acre feet per year. The water will be piped from the Hay Ranch Property to the geothermal facility, a distance of 9 miles. The water pipeline will consist of a 20-inch diameter steel pipe, which will be buried for most of its length and which will follow the general path of existing roads and associated rights of way. The Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is proposed for a period of 30 years.

If you challenge any findings, determination or decision made regarding this action in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the Public Hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Inyo County Board of Supervisors at, or prior to, the hearing.

Written objections and protests may be filed with the Inyo County Board of Supervisors by delivery to the Deputy Clerk of the Board, County of Inyo Administrative Center, 224 North Edwards Street, Independence, California 93526, so that the protest is received by the Board prior to the conclusion of the hearing.

Should you have any questions regarding the ordinance, please feel free to contact Inyo County Planning Department at (760) 878-0263.

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