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Lower Owens River Project

A new lawsuit over monitoring issues was filed in September, 2008. The good news is that the rewatering of the Owens River and the dust mitigation project in the Owens Lake has resulted in return of flora and fauna as documented in the Big Bird count made in April, 2009. MORE...

Motorized Travel Management Plan for Inyo National Forest

The Inyo National Forest announced in the fall of 2009 its new new plan for motorized routes and motorized trails. The approved plan is based on the alternative proposal of a citizens’ working group that included members of ROLG. There is a public comment period and review prior to start of the implementation of the new plan most likely in 2010. MORE...

California Wild Heritage Wilderness Act:

We are excited at the passage of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act in March, 2009, that adds 430,000 acres to Sierra Nevada wilderness.

Mammoth –Yosemite Airport

Horizon Air began service between Los Angeles and Mammoth Lakes in December, 2008, using Bombardier Q400 76 passenger turboprops. In December 2009 flights were added to Reno and San Jose (and on to Portland and Seattle). In summer 2010 summer flights are to begin between Mammoth and Los Angeles. United Airlines has filed to begin a daily winter flight from San Francisco in 2010 (with a different plane) although this has not yet been approved and there are important questions to be answered about this United Airlines proposal.

Verizon Fiber Optics Line between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes

This line is mainly completed and would provide Verizon additional capacity to extend phone and broadband interest access service in Mammoth Lakes. A group of local citizens in the Swall Meadow area have been opposing this issue because a portion of the line will be aerial and visible from Highway 395 (a Scenic Byway), when according to Forest Service regulations should be buried. Verizon contends that burial of the line is cost prohibitive. The issue was pursued by local residents (who also maintained that as the line ran through Swall Meadows, Verizon should provide service from the line to Swall Meadows residents) in 2008. As of spring, 2009, the line was not completed and the issues were unresolved pending action by the Public Utilities Commission.

Rose Valley Aquifer Pumping and Little Lake

The Inyo Board of Supervisors on May 6, 2009, approved allowing the Coso Geothermal plant to pump water for 30 years  (mainly for use in water cooling towers) from the Rose Valley Aquifer. The ROLG representative on Owens Valley water issues (Mark Bagley) along other groups such as CNPS (California Native Plant Society), waterfowl hunters, and business interests have opposed the plan as presently formulated due to its long term effect on the aquifer and on the water level of near by Little Lake thereby impacting negatively both the local flora and fauna. MORE...


The Inyo-Mono Regional Water Management Plan has recently been approved by the state Department of Water Resources. All state water funds are to be channeled through the local IRWMP which includes as members the various water boards; county, town, and tribal bodies; other water users; and various environmental groups. ROLG is a member of the group and a representative has attended most of the meetings.

LADWP Solar Project in the Owens Valley

DWP is proposing a massive solar energy project at the north end of the Owens Lake Bed. Local and national Sierra Club representative have been involved along with other conservation groups to ensure that the project, if it moves forward, works to the net benefit of our region as well as providing electrical power for southern California. More on this to come.

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