September 15: Great Sierra River Cleanup

River cleanup

 

The Great Sierra River Cleanup is a statewide, volunteer event that  focuses on removing trash and restoring the health of our Sierra Nevada waterways, the source of drinking water for more than 60% of Californians. Join us on Saturday, September 15 to help our side of the Sierra do its part. We will meet at 8:30 AM, and the cleanup ends at noon. Pre-registration is required. Please email Ryan Delaney at Eastern Sierra Land Trust or call (760) 873-4554.

As always in the Eastern Sierra, bring a hat, sunscreen and water, and wear sturdy footwear. Pastries and drinks provided.

Rooftop Solar Seminar, September 11

INYO350 will sponsor a rooftop solar seminar at the Inyo Council for the Arts from 7-9 PM on Tuesday, September 11th.  There will be an overview of funding options, an update of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) and short presentations from solar companies. Learn how rooftop solar installation can reduce your carbon footprint and add value to your home. Light refreshments will be served.  The program is free and RSVPs are not needed.  For additional information please contact John Louth at (760) 872-2852.

Rooftop solar image

Test drive an electric vehicle!

Mitsubishi EV image

Next Sunday, September 9, the National Drive Electric Week makes a stop in Mammoth Lakes from 10 AM-4 PM. Come to the Park and Ride lot (Tesla supercharging station) at Old Mammoth and Tavern Roads to learn all about EVs; test drive models from Tesla, Mitsubishi and General Motors; and qualify for hourly prizes. To learn more about the event and to register (please do this!), click here.

 

 

Speak out for our water!

We received the below from our friends at the Owens Valley Committee about a plan for the re-classification of the Owens River basin from a high-priority to a low-priority basin. This change would allow MORE water to leave our area – with major implications! Please show up this afternoon (Wednesday, August 15) at the Bishop Fire Training Center on E Line St. at 2pm! You don’t have to speak – your presence will speak volumes and will support the Owens Valley Committee and others who are fighting this harmful change.

Owens Valley Groundwater Authority

This is an emergency!  At the OVGA meeting on Wednesday, August 15th, there is a proposal to change the Department of Water Resources classification of our basin from a high priority basin to a low priority basin.  This will have serious implications for the future of the Owens River Subbasin and the Fish Slough Subbasin.  It also opens the door for further transfers from our basin to another basin (the Indian Wells Groundwater Basin).  That has implications for Mono County Leases, because the City of Los Angeles is claiming that everything has to be “water neutral”. It is about the money and work, not about the long term sustainability of our aquifers.  Please write letters, protest, show up and let the OVGA know what you think about this!

We realize this is very short notice, but if you can’t make the meeting, please send your comments to the members of the OVGA by August 20.

County of Inyo: Dan Totheroh

County of Mono: Fred Stump

City of Bishop: Joe Pesci

Big Pine CSD: Bryanna Vaughan

Keeler CSD: John Dukes

Starlite CSD: Daniel Cutshall

Sierra Highlands CSD: John Camphouse

Eastern Sierra CSD: Walt Pachuki

Indian Creek-Westridge CSD: Luis Elias

Wheeler Crest CSD: Glenn Inouye

Tri Valley GWMD: Dave Doonan

 

Below is a copy of OVGA’s proposal.

 

 

Links for Action: Families Belong Together

Here’s what you can do to help

National

www.raicestexas.org

Provides free and low-cost legal services for underserved immigrant families and children.

https://www.indivisible.org/resource/trumps-new-cruel-immigration-policy/

Contact info and a script to call your representatives about these issues.

www.publiccounsel.org

The nation’s largest pro bono law firm, specializing in protecting the rights of children and immigrants.

Local

www.altrusaes.org/donations

Type “DACA/Citizenship” in the notes field to help local residents.