photo by Mike Prather




Legal agreements

1991 Inyo/Los Angeles Long Term Water Agreement (Inyo County Water Department website)

An overview of the 1991 Long Term Water Agreement (Bristlecone CNPS website)

Green book attachment for the Inyo/Los Angeles Long Term Water Agreement

1997 Memorandum of Understanding (Inyo County Water Department website)

Bishop Paiute Tribe Water Quality Control Plan (Bishop tribe environmental management office website)

Other water policy documents (Inyo County Water Department website)

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Owens Valley water studies and relevant online natural history guides


California Herps

Brothers, T.S. 1984. Historical Vegetation change in the Owens River Riparian Woodland. In Warner, Richard E., and Kathleen M. Hendrix, editors. California Riparian Systems: Ecology, Conservation, and Productive Management. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984. 75-84.

Danskin, W.R. 1998. Evaluation of the Hydrologic System and Selected Water-Management Alternatives in the Owens Valley, California. U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 2370-H. Hydrology and Soil-Water-Plant Relations in Owens Valley, California. [A clear, detailed, and eminently readable review and assessment of water resources in the Owens Valley.]

Hall, Clarence A., Jr., editor. 1991. Natural History of the White-Inyo Range, Eastern California. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Lee, Charles H. 1912. An intensive study of the water resources of a part of Owens Valley, California. Water Supply Paper 294. Department of the Interior United States Geological Survey. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC. [A detailed inventory of Owens Valley groundwater tables and vegetation conducted--not coincidentally--just before Los Angeles began diverting massive amounts of water from the Owens Valley.]

WaterWired's page on groundwater dependent ecosystems, including a link to the Nature Conservancy's Groundwater and Biodiversity Conservation: A Methods Guide for Integrating Groundwater Needs of Ecosystems and Species into Conservation Plans in the Pacific Northwest.

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Maps, art, articles, audio tours, photos, & documentaries

America's West: the Owens Valley of California Photos of the Owens Valley from 1875 to 1930 selected from the J. D. Black Papers at Loyola Marymount University. (To view the list of photos, click the "browse the collection" link on the exhibit's introductory page.)(

Listen to THERE IT IS--TAKE IT!, a self-guided audio tour of the Owens Valley, California, created by artist and educator Kim Stringfellow.

David Maisel examines the Owens Lake in Grist* (*includes Maisel's Lake Project photos) (

Karen Piper mulls over remnants and promises in "Dreams, Dust and Birds: The Trashing of Owens Lake" in the online journal Places

Unplugging Drain: Artist John Pugh discusses his inspiration for Drain, an eloquent Owens Valley historical mural.

Spring back: See photos of Blackrock Spring and Fish Springs in 1907 and 1906, before groundwater pumping made them disappear.

Stephen Ingram Nature Photography ( Photographer Stephen Ingram loans us visions of Owens Valley flora and local scenery.

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Related agencies

Inyo County Water Department (


Great Basin Air Pollution Control District (

Agrarian Research & Management Co. (

CA Department of Fish and Game (

California State Lands Commission (

Inyo-Mono Integrated Regional Water Management Plan(

Owens Lakebed Master Plan (

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More information about the Owens Valley and/or water issues (related groups, lectures, field trips, information, and educational sites)

California Native Plant Society (

Sierra Club (

International Society for Salt Lake Research (

White Mountain Research Station (

Mono Lake Committee (

Eastern Sierra Land Trust(

Friends of the Inyo (

Audubon (

Point Reyes Bird Observatory (

Manomet Conservation Center (

Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve (

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Useful data centers

California Avian Data Center

Calfornia Water Impact Network

Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains (

Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments (

Project Budburst

Water Education Foundation (

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