3/15/2004 Rose Foundation announces grant recipients
The OVC Foundation will receive a grant-in-aid this year from the Rose Foundation ( for legal assistance and educational support in efforts to monitor groundwater mining and to encourage adherence to water management and environmental mitigation agreements in the Owens Valley.

The announcement that the OVC Foundation would be one of the Rose Foundation's winter 2004 Northern California Grassroots Fund recipients came as welcome news in late February, particularly following news that LADWP had missed the first of a number of new deadlines established by a February 2004 Lower Owens River Project Stipulation and Order and preceding LADWP's March announcement of a new irrigation plan that would, by their own analysis, further reduce groundwater recharge in the beleaguered Owens Valley.

The Rose Foundation's Northern California Grassroots Fund is a collaborative fund that includes 12 California foundations among its granting agencies. Other winter 2004 grant recipients include Forest Unlimited, for a watershed organizing project; Mountain Meadows Conservancy, to help protect and conserve the Mountain Meadows basin and watershed; the Norcal Environmental Student Network, for environmental education; the Southeast Sector Community Development Corporation, to help support an children's environmental photo essay contest; the Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation, to support an oak habitat restoration project; and the West Side School Volunteer Recycling Program, to help start a student-led composting program at a K-6 elementary school.

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