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3/2/2004 Inyo County and LADWP release status report
REVIEW OF FEB. 20, 2004 STATUS REPORT BY INYO COUNTY AND LADWP
concerning LORP Settlement Requirements and Compliance

Mike Prather
March 2, 2004

Copies of Feb.20, 2004 Status Report and the LORP Settlement document (S & O) and schedule (xls.) by Inyo County and LADWP can be requested from

Tasks 1-5 and Section 10 are from the Feb. 10, 2004 S & O Schedule (xls.)

Task 1 NEARLY COMPLETED
MWH/LADWP will respond to all DEIR comments and provide these responses to ICWD for their review, revision and eventual discussion.
Status- MWH/LADWP responded to all comments sections on time to most of the schedule deadlines except for the Funding Section. LA and Inyo have now met and agreed on this section and it is being written up by MWH.

Task 2 NOT COMPLETED
Inyo and EPA will review all DEIR comment response sections provided by LADWP and send revisions back to LADWP.
Status - Inyo has not completed comments on all sections with EPA. See the Status Report (2.20.04) for exact issue sections (6-13).

Task 3 NOT COMPLETED
MWH/LADWP will identify all issues requiring further discussion between the parties.
Status - Inyo and EPA have not reviewed all response sections together and provided these to LADWP. Therefore, LADWP has not been able to identify issues requiring further work.

Task 4 MEETING INTENT OF THE TASK
Inyo and LADWP conduct weekly conference calls.
Status- Some weeks no calls and some weeks more than one, therefore effort has averaged the intent of the task.

Task 5 COMPLETED
MWH create a Revised FEIR/EIS Schedule (xls).
Status- This was done. Some of the issue dates have remained the same and some have moved up or back. Compare the first schedule with the revised one. ALL issue sections must be finished by April 16 and the Administrative Draft of the FEIR/EIS will be out on the original date May 7, 2004.

Section 10 NOT COMPLETED
LADWP and Inyo will agree on work plans for the Yellow-billed Cuckoo (YBCU) and for the Additional Mitigation (Hines Spring) by Feb. 17, 2004, one week after the S & O was filed.
Status-Inyo and LADWP met Feb. 24, 2004 two weeks after the filing of the S & O to discuss work plans for the YBCU and Additional Mitigation. Met again Feb. 26, 2004.

THE SETTLEMENT:
STIPULATION AND ORDER (S & O ) DATES (filed Feb. 10. 2004)

1.) Work Plans Feb. 17, 2004 [NOT met on deadline]
Inyo and LA will agree on work plans for Yellow-billed Cuckoo Habitat Enhancement Plans (MOU III.A.1) and Additional Mitigation (MOU III.A.3) OR the Court shall schedule a mandatory settlement conference for the purpose of reaching agreement on work plans.

2.) Annual Reports - May 31, 2004
LADWP shall complete and release the annual report for 2003 (MOU III.H.). And on or about May 1st of every year thereafter LADWP and Inyo will jointly or independently release annual reports.

3.) Progress Reports
Jan. 23, 2004 [completed]
Feb. 20, 2004[completed]
March 26, 2004
May 21, 2004.
LADWP and Inyo will file progress reports with the court. Also every two weeks thereafter until the FEIR is certified (June 4, June 18, July 2).

4.) Progress Reports AFTER Final EIR (FEIR) Certification
(FEIR due June 23, 2004)
Inyo and LADWP will file jointly or independently the LAST DAY of each month until base flows have been implemented.



Contacts:  Mike Prather prather@qnet.com Phone: 760.876.5807