County of Inyo - Environmental Filing: Monitoring Wells to Collect Water Data near Shoshone, Installation of Monitoring equipment

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The following documents filed and/or posted on May 8, 2018 in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA):

Document Type:  NOTICE OF EXEMPTION
Project Title: MONITORING OF WELLS TO COLLECT WATER DATA NEAR SHOSHONE, CA.
Lead Agency: INYO COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT

The document can be viewed here: http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/Documents/18-011.pdf

Document Type:  NOTICE OF EXEMPTION
Project Title: INSTALLATION OF MONITORING EQUIPMENT ABOVE VEGETATION AT WELL SITES AND COLLECTION OF ATMOSPHERIC DATA NEAR SHOSHONE, CA.
Lead Agency: INYO COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT

The document can be viewed here:  http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/Documents/18-012.pdf

A complete list of documents filed/posted in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to CEQA since January 1, 2010 can be viewed on the following website:

http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/EnvDocs.php

Caltrans: Delay chair set-up until Saturday, May 26

MULE DAYS PARADE CALTRANS APPRECIATES YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT FOR SAFETY ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE

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BISHOP—Last year, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) asked the public to delay setting their lawn chairs along the parade route until the day of the parade. In the past, chairs set out early became a hazard, blowing in the street, blocking access to businesses along the route and  compromising safe passage for pedestrians on downtown sidewalks. Ropes, chains and other items meant to designate reserved spaces are prohibited again this year due to safety concerns.
Caltrans wants to thank last year’s participants for their care and understanding in waiting to set out chairs until the date of the event. By doing so, Caltrans was able to provide safe access to the public on downtown sidewalks during the days leading up to the parade.

We are again reminding the public to delay setting chairs on the sidewalk (or within the State Right of Way) before Saturday, May 26th , 2018. 

Caltrans will remove chairs prior to Saturday or any other objects and store them securely at our district office at 500 South Main Street. Owners can claim their items during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The office will be closed for Memorial Weekend at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25 th and reopen on Tuesday, May 29 th at 8:00 a.m.

For the latest highway information please visit the Caltrans QuickMap site at
quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

Friends of Inyo: Gold Exploration in Inyo County

RESIDENTS UNITE IN OPPOSITION TO MINING AT CONGLOMERATE MESA

Bureau of Land Management defies community consensus; gives the green light for gold exploration near Death Valley National Park

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Bishop, CA— May 18 — The Bureau of the Land Management recently announced a decision to allow exploration for gold at Conglomerate Mesa, a remote and wild corner of Inyo County adjacent to Death Valley National Park. This decision endangers the area’s recreation and tourism-based economy, delicate water supply, and unique important ecosystem and cultural resources. The decision also flies in the face of the community’s clear opposition to the project, which it expressed at the Inyo County Board of Supervisors meeting when the project was discussed.  

Silver Standard Resources (SSR Inc.) proposes to drill 1,000 feet down into Conglomerate Mesa at seven locations to collect samples which will then be analyzed for their gold deposits. The company’s proposal provides that it will access the drill sites by helicopter in the next several months and haul water by truck from an unknown offsite location. If ultimately permitted, this activity will create dust and noise disturbance to visitors and wildlife as well as deplete scarce water sources.

“The ultimate objective of SSR Mining, Inc – is to create a large, industrial-scale open pit cyanide heap leach gold mine. Such an operation would permanently damage the area’s wild character, degrade wildlife habitat, and deplete local water supplies” said Wendy Schneider, Executive Director of Friends of the Inyo.  “We are disappointed to see the approval of a project that is clearly in direct contradiction to public opinion.  In the long-term, the local economy will certainly suffer if this project goes forward.”

Last fall, the BLM conducted a comment period for the public to weigh in on the exploration proposal.  The public overwhelmingly expressed grave concerns about the project.  Other problems include that, in its environmental review, the BLM failed to identify or analyze the likely effects of a large scale mining operation or the cumulative impacts to cultural resources, air quality, soil, groundwater, wildlife, and native plants. For the first time in recent history, under immense public pressure, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors submitted a letter to BLM taking a neutral position on the mining exploration.

"The Perdito exploration is located within an area that BLM previously identified as being wild and undeveloped and providing opportunities for solitude and quiet recreation” said Linda Castro, Assistant Policy Director of the California Wilderness Coalition. “By allowing exploratory drilling, BLM is facilitating Silver Standard Resources in compromising those qualities. Even worse, the ultimate result of the exploratory drilling (an open-pit mine) will forever and permanently destroy those qualities."

“Tourist based outdoor recreation is the economic engine for the Eastern Sierra. Local businesses are highly dependent on outdoor recreation” said Kevin Mazzu, Lone Pine small business owner. “The thousands of people who visit Death Valley National Park, the Alabama Hills and other surrounding public lands are our most powerful economic driver.”

“If we let this company get a foothold we won’t be able to stop them. Once exploration begins it opens the flood gates” said Kathy Bancroft, Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. “This is a project about greed. That’s why we are united as a community in stopping this project now at the early stages.”

Outstanding features of Conglomerate Mesa include:

  • It’s location on Death Valley’s doorstep, making it part of this beloved National Park’s view-scape.  Visitors to the park contribute millions to the Eastern Sierra’s economy. Travel and tourism businesses comprise roughly a third of employment in Inyo County;
  • The sweeping views it offers of multiple desert ranges, the Sierra Nevada and Owen Lake;
  • Unique and irreplaceable cultural resources important to the Timbisha-Shoshone and Paiute-Shoshone Tribes, including a population of pinyon trees traditionally harvested for their nuts;
  • Historical resources, including the remains of charcoal and stone masonry sites used in the late 1800’s to supply the Cerro Gordo mine and an historic trail from this same time period;
  • Multiple special status and rare plant species, including a successfully-reproducing rare species of high altitude Joshua Trees;
  • Mule deer overwintering and migration habitat, prized by local and visiting hunters;
  • Hunting grounds for golden eagles and mountain lions; and
  • It is the first roadless area in California faced with development threats under the Trump Administration.

Conglomerate Mesa is a special natural area on Death Valley's doorstep," said Fran Hunt, Eastern Sierra Organizer of the Sierra Club, "It's too special to sacrifice to industrial scale, open pit cyanide heap leach mining that would forever mar views from within and near the park and destroy important cultural, wildlife and recreational economy values." 

Friends of the Inyo, the Sierra Club and partners are reviewing the decision and deciding on next steps.

About Friends of the Inyo: Founded in 1986, Friends of the Inyo’s mission is to protect and care for the public lands of the Eastern Sierra. https://friendsoftheinyo.org/ 

About the Sierra Club: Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with three million members and supporters. https://www.sierraclub.org/


Environmental Assessment
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October 2017

Perdito Exploration Project Environmental Assessment

Location: Inyo County
Applicant/Address: Silver Standard US Holdings Inc. 1055 Dunsmuir Street, Suite 800 Vancouver, BC, V7X 1G4 Canada

Click here for the full Environmental Assessment by BLM

LADWP: Klondike Lake open to boating 7 days a week

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LADWP Opens Klondike Lake to Public Boating Seven Days A Week

MAY 17, 2018-The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) announced today that Klondike Lake will be open to public boating seven days a week beginning Friday, May 25, 2018 through Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018.

Access for motorized watercraft being transported by car, truck and/or trailer will be allowed daily for a one-hour period between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. in order to accommodate inspections. After the watercraft have been inspected during that window of time, visitors can then use the lake for as long as they want that day. Recreational users with smaller, non-motorized watercraft that is being carried and not being transported by car, truck and/or trailer can access the lake anytime.

Precautions are still being taken to guard against invasive mussels, so all motorized watercraft must be inspected before being launched into Klondike Lake. Inspections will be done only at the lake entrance gate during that one-hour period.

In order to access Klondike Lake, boaters must pre-purchase a daily-use inspection receipt or a new season pass at the LADWP Administrative Office in Bishop; Klondike Lake inspectors will not handle any sales or cash at the gate. The LADWP office is located at 300 Mandich Street in Bishop.

Klondike Lake inspection receipts and season passes must be purchased during normal work week hours, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The charge for a one-day use inspection fee is $10, the same as it was last year. Season passes are $100 for the first boat and $50 for each additional boat.

For more information, contact LADWP at 760-872-1104.

Land & Legacy: 10th Annual Celebration Weekend

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Join your friends, family, and fellow conservation supporters as we raise a glass in honor of the magical lands and waters you’ve helped protect forever.

Join us for our Party of the Year! At our 10th annual Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner and Paddle Raise, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and mingle with friends over a fine meal, and then help support the causes and programs that you care about most. That same weekend, all dinner attendees are invited to join us for one of two guided land tours to some of the special places that are conserved forever thanks to you.

Reserve your tickets by scrolling below or call us at (760) 873-4554. 

Event and table sponsor packages are available. Please view the sponsorship opportunities here: 2018 ESLT Lands & Legacy sponsorships or contact us for more information.