Community Members Launch Deepestvalley.com
Website to Protect Land and Communities of Inyo County Independence— Concerned community members in Inyo County launched a new website last week dedicated to the conservation of our open spaces.
Deepestvalley.com was initiated shortly after the now infamous Inyo County Planning Commission Meeting, during which the Commission voted 4:1 to zone for industrial use enormous swaths of untouched land previously designated as agricultural and conservation land. This action, taken in spite of overwhelming public opposition both before and during the meeting, moved the rezoning proposal to the Board of Supervisors for discussion on March 18.
In addition to hosting a tutorial on the Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment and links to materials about point-of-use renewables, Deepestvalley.com includes public comments which have been made to the Planning Commission and Supervisors, and an online petition to Inyo County Supervisors http://www.deepestvalley.com/? page_id=146.
Although Deepestvalley.com takes its name from a popular 1976 book by Genny Smith and Jeff Putnam about the Owens Valley, the website concerns all of Inyo County: the incredible expanses of Death Valley National Park, the remote desert regions of the far southeastern corners of the county, the High Sierra and the tallest peaks in the lower forty-eight states, the ancient and sacred Inyo and White Ranges to the east, and everything in between.
Inyo County communities are spread far and wide across our dramatic landscapes. Deepestvalley.com provides the community at large a much-needed place to gather and share ideas about how to protect our delicate home, and retain its beauty for many generations to come.
Through political discourse, informed commentary, and contributions from writers, authors, educators, scientists, and citizens, the site facilitates dialogue to help us find our way forward in the protection of our lands and our communities.
“The Owens Valley is startlingly beautiful, tucked as it is between the intricately colorful White/Inyo mountains on the east and the breathtaking “Range of Light,” the Sierra Nevada, on the west, “ writes Deepestvalley.com Editor and Contributor Rose Masters. “The green thread of the Owens River winds sinuously along the valley floor just east of small towns like Lone Pine, Independence, Big Pine, and Bishop. This startling beauty of the valley is the lifeblood of these towns, supporting through tourism their fragile economies.”
Deepestvalley.com will also be used to engage Southern California tourists in dialogue and action about protecting the future of the open spaces and they rely on for respite and rejuvenation, as well as spaces like Manzanar which hold cultural significance for people all around the world. The site hosts a link to the Manzanar Committee’s Blog, and will ultimately link to their petition against DWP’s proposed Southern Owens Valley Solar “Ranch” http://www.change.org/petitions/halt-ladwp-s-plan-to-build-a-1-200- acre-solar-energy-generating-station-adjacent-to-manzanar-national-historic-site. “
As we depend predominantly on tourist dollars,” writes eco-farm owner Julie Fought of Carroll Creek Ranch, “we have the perfect audience to send a message to the watchful world that we indeed are stewards of our magnificent open space. Nothing is more appealing to those who love and repeatedly visit our great valley than seeing a community who cares, protects, and thoughtfully stewards such a treasure.”
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Caltrans Using Salt Brine to Rapidly Melt Ice, Snow on Eastern Sierra Highways and Make Winter Driving Safer
Mixture of water and sea salt is 20 times more effective than salt alone, better for environment, and cost effective
BISHOP – For the first time in Mono and Inyo counties, Caltrans has begun using an anti-icing solution called salt brine on state highways in the Eastern Sierra that melts snow more quickly and reduces the chance of dangerous ice forming on the pavement.
“This is a win for everyone. We’re making winter driving safer for the public, and we’re also saving taxpayers money,” said Caltrans Director 9 Tom Hallenback. “It takes four times less salt to prevent ice from forming than to remove the ice after it has formed.”
Salt brine is also more environmentally-friendly – one-third less salt is used in the mixture when compared with other methods – and highways and bridges treated with brine will resist frost for several days per application. This decreases the length of time chain controls are in effect, the amount of traction sand used, and highway workers’ exposure to moving traffic.
Caltrans sprays the solution onto a highway prior to the arrival of a winter storm – a proactive approach to winter road maintenance called anti-icing. In the same way that a light coat of cooking oil in a frying pan prevents food from sticking, the salt brine treatment prevents significant amounts of ice from building up on highways, making them easier to plow.
For more information, please visit Caltrans’ winter operations Web page