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6/23/2004 LADWP releases LORP report
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) released a searchable PDF version of the "Lower Owens River Project Final Environmental Impact Report/Statement" (LORP FEIR/S) today (June 23, 2004). Compact discs containing the LORP FEIR/S are available to the public at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power at 300 Mandich Street in Bishop, California.

The FEIR/S has been divided into three volumes. Volume one follows the same format as the LORP Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement and contains a description of the project, including anticipated costs and impacts. Volume two contains written responses and a transcript of oral comments from the public regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement for the LORP; the third volume contains responses to those comments. For those who don't mind heavy lifting, a printed version of the LORP FEIR/S will be available at the end of the month for $65; it'll run to more than 1500 pages.

Public and private agencies and concerned citizens cited a number of concerns in their review of the first description of the LORP in the Draft Environmental Impact Report, which was released November 1, 2002. These included the proposed water supply for the project, the size of a pumpback station to return water from the river to LADWP's aqueduct, the effects of reduced flows to the Owens River Delta, project funding, thresholds for and implementation of adaptive management, and management of noxious weeds (see http://www.ovcweb.org/Issues/LORPDEIR.html#Responses for more information on the DEIR/S). Recent legal settlements have affirmed a 50 cubic feet per second size for the pumpback station and designated matching funds from LADWP to help with saltcedar control, but enough issues remain that the LORP FEIR/S faces significant scrutiny on its release date.

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