From the State Water Resources Control Board:
California State Water Resources Control Board staff will hold an online public workshop on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST to discuss impacts on Mono Lake due to drought conditions and water diversions by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Workshop details will be released soon.
The State Water Board received a letter from the Mono Lake Committee on December 16 urging the board to restrict Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) diversions from Mono Lake until the water level rebounds by several feet to protect one of the world’s largest nesting gull populations.
The board’s historic 1994 Mono Lake decision (Decision 1631) recognized the importance of protecting the lake’s level and the many natural resources that depend on it, including nesting habitat for gulls. The decision also anticipated the need to re-evaluate progress toward maintaining sufficient levels given the difficulty of forecasting long-term hydrology.
The workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss Decision 1631, the current status of Mono Lake, and how to best support the goals laid out by the decision.
For updates on the workshop and information about the State Water Board’s Mono Lake activities, please visit the Board’s Mono Lake website and sign up for email updates (at the bottom of the webpage).