10/25/2012 October water-related events

Sunday, October 14, 2012: There It Is--Take It! launch party
Hosted by The Friends of the Eastern California Museum; 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Independence

Kim Stringfellow, an artist, an educator, and an associate professor in the School of Art, Design, and Art History at San Diego State University, created a self-guided car audio tour examining "the controversial social, political, and environmental history" of the first Los Angeles Aqueduct. Help launch the tour and meet several OVC activists interviewed for the project Sunday, October 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Owens Valley School gymnasium on 202 South Clay Street in Independence. For more information, see

Monday, October 15, 2012: Envision the future of Owens Valley
Hosted by Cal Poly Pomona's Aqueduct Futures Project; 6:00-9:00 p.m. in Bishop

Barry Lehrman, an innovative assistant professor in landscape architecture at California State Polytechnic University Pomona and the creator and director of the Aqueduct Futures Project, has been asking his students to explore ways that water infrastructure can serve cultural and ecological uses and ways to involve residents in deciding what those uses could be.

Professor Lehrman invites us to a free public workshop and resource fair, writing, "You are cordially invited to join Cal Poly Pomona Landscape Architecture Students for a public design workshop on October 15th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Bishop Methodist Center (205 North Fowler Street, Bishop, California 93514). The students will engage the community in the design process to explore the future landscape of Owens Valley. The Landscape Architecture students will be visiting Owens Valley that week as they learn how to design large-scale sustainable infrastructure systems as part of the Cal Poly Pomona’s Aqueduct Futures Project."

Community groups and local agencies will share information about their activities at the resource fair, which opens at 6:00 p.m. The design workshop runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Drinks and refreshments from Great Basin Bakery will be served.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012: Water and Power—The Aqueduct and The Aftermath
Hosted by OVC; 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Bishop

Join the Owens Valley Committee Wednesday, October 17, at 7:00 p.m. at the White Mountain Research Station classroom, due east of Bishop (3000 E. Line Street), for a showing of the commemorative documentary released with the 2009 DVD version of the Academy Award-winning 1974 movie Chinatown. OVC is presenting two parts of the three-part documentary (approximately 55 minutes run time). The documentary, produced and edited by Paul G. Baker for Paramount Pictures, examines the building of the LA Aqueduct, “The Aqueduct,” and the last forty years of Owens Valley water issues, “The Aftermath.” It includes interviews with local Owens Valley residents, including Owens Valley Committee members. After the documentary, OVC executive director Mark Bagley will answer questions and provide an update on recent water issues and OVC activities. Refreshments will be provided by OVC.

Thursday, October 18, 2012: Owens Lake Groundwater Evaluation Project--public meeting
Hosted by LADWP; 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Lone Pine

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has explored many ways and means to control dust at Owens Lake; one of those is pumping groundwater near the lake itself. LADWP, its consultant MWH (previously Montgomery Watson Harza), the Inyo County Water Department, the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, and the California State Lands Commission will be holding a public meeting Thursday, October 18, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at Statham Hall at 138 North Jackson Street in Lone Pine, California to discuss results of groundwater simulations, potential development of a pumping plan and a monitoring program for groundwater pumping to help supply lakebed dust suppression, and, presumably, potential environmental impacts.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012: OVC water roundtable
Hosted by OVC; 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Lone Pine; social half-hour begins at 6:00 p.m.

Join the Owens Valley Committee for our sixth meeting in a series of informal "water gossip" discussions Tuesday, October 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This time we will be convening in beautiful downtown Lone Pine, California, at the Mount Whitney Portal Hostel at 238 S. Main Street.

We call it "water gossip" to emphasize that we're hosting neighborly discussions in which everyone--members of our e-mail list, interested members of the public, their friends or relatives--is welcome and encouraged to participate, but the goal, as always, is to spread information rather than rumors, so we'll stock the meeting with people who regularly stay afloat in water-related public meetings or wade through water-related documents. Please bring any questions you have about Owens Valley water issues or any information you want to share about local water pumping, policies, or practice. Or, if you'd rather, simply bring your ears and the urge to use them.

This is an informal bring-your-own dinner meeting (attendees can order take-out pizza, salads, or sandwiches from a nearby eatery). People will gather at 6 p.m. for a social half-hour; the official "gossip" begins at 6:30.

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