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1/11/2010 LADWP holds Bishop meeting to discuss solar project
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will hold a public meeting

Monday, January 11, at 7 p.m.
at the United Methodist Church
(245 N. Fowler in Bishop, California)

to discuss preliminary plans for building one of the world's largest solar power generation facilities in the iconic Owens Valley.

LADWP Interim General Manager David Freeman, describing plans in general terms on a visit to Inyo County in December 2009, called the project a potential means for reducing dust pollution from the Owens Lake while generating cleaner power for Los Angeles, but added that he had not ruled out expansion of the project beyond the borders of the lake into agricultural or meadow zones along the valley floor. Because the project has great potential for a wide range of both positive and negative impacts both in and beyond the Owens Valley (for example, effects on climate change as well as the eastern Sierra's landscape, agriculture-and-tourism-based economy, and wildlife), we're posting this notice on our web site as a reminder for residents and friends of the Owens Valley to bring their questions, ideas, and concerns to the meeting so that project developers can develop a more coherent and inclusive plan.

If you'd like to discuss the project with others before the meeting, Eastern Sierra Land Trust (176 Home Street in Bishop) will be holding an open house Thursday, January 7, from 4 pm to 6 pm to share ideas and information and hold an informal discussion about the project.

To read more about the project in the Los Angeles Times, see:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-owens-lake18-2009dec18,0,4418512.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-owenslake2-2009dec02,0,1946554.story


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