LADWP: A Wet Winter and Above Average Rain Mean a Boost to Local Stormwater Capture in L.A.

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LOS ANGELES – The months of January and February brought enough snow and rain to boost the Eastern Sierra snowpack and rainfall in Los Angeles to well above average numbers. In Downtown Los Angeles alone, 18.5 inches of rain have fallen since the beginning of the water year on October 1, 2018. Recent rains have helped replenish the local groundwater aquifers in L.A. through the capture of an estimated 18.4 billion gallons of stormwater as of March 7, 2019. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) estimates that amount of water is enough to supply 170,000 homes in L.A. for one year.

“Just letting this water rush out to the ocean is a missed opportunity we can’t afford. Instead, we want to collect and store more stormwater in local spreading grounds, to help the city increase our local water supply resources,” said LADWP General Manager, David H. Wright. “On a large scale, this means a massive investment of resources in regional stormwater capture projects, groundwater cleanup and replenishment, recycled water and conservation programs which are critical to ensuring L.A.’s water future.”

More than $2.4 billion in investments are planned by LADWP over the next 10 years in water system infrastructure improvements including local water supply development projects to increase the amount of stormwater capture. As part of this effort, LADWP is implementing large infrastructure projects such as the Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement project, as well as smaller, local community-based stormwater capture projects like the Van Nuys Great Street project.

When it comes to conservation, LADWP offers many programs that assist customers with maximizing water efficiency and capturing rain water on their property including landscape transformation, and rain barrel and cistern rebates. Now using 110 gallons per person per day as of the end of 2018, LADWP customers have reduced overall water usage by 17 percent since the last major drought began in 2013. LADWP continues to offer water saving rebates and promote water conservation through the “Save the Drop”campaign.

“For decades, LADWP has led the way in defining what a water-efficient city should look like, continuously raising the bar for what’s achievable,” said Richard Harasick, LADWP Senior Assistant General Manager of Water System. “We welcome this wet winter, but we cannot count on it next year or the year after that. LADWP continues to stay committed to investing in expanding local water resource programs that take stress off of our Los Angeles Aqueduct supplies and ensure a more reliable water supply for future generations,” Harasick added.

To learn more about the expansion of local water resources, visit www.ladwp.com/localwatersupply. Information about water conservation is available at www.ladwp.com/waterconservation.

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Caltrans: SB 1 Funded State Route 58

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SB 1 FUNDED STRIPING PROJECT ON STATE ROUTE 58 HAS BEGUN

Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has begun upgrading approximately 50 miles of traffic striping on State Route 58 in Eastern Kern County from the junction at State Route 223 (Bear Mountain Boulevard) to Cal City Boulevard. The striping upgrade will widen the current 4-inch stripe to 6-inch, designed to be more visible to the traveling public at night and during inclement weather, as well as detectable by autonomous vehicles for lane assist technology.

This $4.7 million project was awarded to Specialty Pavement Marking, Inc. of Tualatin, Oregon.

Construction is scheduled to continue through mid-May, Monday through Thursday, 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Friday 6:00 am to 3:00 pm. Intermittent, one-hour ramp closures are scheduled during the project from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm as needed. Be work zone aware, slow down and move over a lane.

The work schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and construction-related issues. 

SB 1 provides ongoing funding of approximately $1.8 billion annually for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the state highway system. SB 1 funds will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027.

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ICA: BANFF Centre Mountain Film Festival

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Banff is only 10 days away! Make sure you don't miss out on this year's festival!

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to the Eastern Sierra, Friday, March 29th and Saturday, March 30th. Screenings feature exhilarating and provocative films that explore the mountain world, highlight new landscapes and remote cultures, and showcase exciting adventures and adrenaline-packed sports.

Screenings are in the Charles Brown Auditorium at the Tri-County fairgrounds.

Doors open at 6pm, films start at 7pm, with different films shown each night.

Tickets are $15 per night and are available at Eastside Sports & Inyo Council for the Arts in Bishop and Booky Joint in Mammoth Lakes. For more information and tickets, call

Inyo Council for the Arts at 760-873-8014 or visit www.inyo.org.

BEER AT BANFF!

Come early with friends to enjoy a beer and dinner from Great Basin Bakery! The beer is only for those 21+, of course, but the dinner is available to anyone with money!

SPECIAL DEAL: Get a pint and a limited edition Inyo Council for the Arts stainless steel cup for only $12!

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Flash Foxy: Women's Climbing Festive makes it way to Bishop, CA

Presenting the 2019 Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival by Black Diamond
This awesome event will bring together and celebrate our growing community of badass women climbers!

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This years event will also be held in Bishop, California and take place on March 22-24, 2019. Nestled in the beautiful Owens River Valley in the Eastern Sierras, Bishop not only offers world-class bouldering but also provides hundreds of sport and trad routes nearby.

We hope that our Women’s Climbing Festival will not only reach veteran female climbers but also provide a safe space for beginner climbers to come and learn more about all that climbing has to offer!

WCF welcomes all women (cis and trans) and enbies to join us at the Women’s Climbing Festival. Our goal is to create and maintain a safe and diverse space where consent and respect are our first priorities. Harassment of any kind (unwanted contact, verbal or physical abuse, racism, homophobia, transphobia, body-shaming, etc.) will NOT be tolerated and will lead to being asked to leave. 

The schedule is subject to change.  Clinics and workshops are subject to limited attendance. 

FRIDAY, March 22nd

  • 9:00AM – 10:00AM     Coffee + Climbing Meetup

  • 5:30PM – 9:00PM       Registration

  • 6:00PM – 10:00PM     Opening Party

  • 6:30PM – 8:00PM       Live Band Performance

  • 7:00PM – 7:20PM       Welcome

  • 8:00PM – 9:30PM       Slide Show Presentations

 SATURDAY, March 23rd

  • 7:00AM – 8:00AM     Early Morning Yoga

  • 8:00AM – 10:00AM   Breakfast

  • 7:00AM – 12:00PM   Registration

  • 8:00AM – 11:00AM   Climbing Demo Checkout

  • 8:00AM – 2:00PM     Open Air Market (open of the public – FREE)

  • 9:00AM – 10:30AM   Women in Climbing Breakout Groups + Panel

  • 11:00AM – 5:30PM   Clinics + Workshops

  • 5:00PM – 7:00PM     Climbing Demo Checkin

  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM     Dinner

  • 7:00PM -10:00PM   No Mans Land Film Festival

  • 8:00PM – 9:00PM    Happy Hour and Athlete Poster Signing

  • 8:00PM – 10:00PM  Raffle Giveaways/Access Fund Fundraiser

 SUNDAY, March 24th 

  • 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM  Early Morning Yoga (space limited, entry not guaranteed)

  • 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM  Breakfast

  • 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM  Stewardship Project with Access Fund + Friends of the Inyo

  • 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM   Athlete Clinics

  • 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM  Slide Show Presentation (open of the public – FREE)

  • GO OUT AND CLIMB!

    When: Mar. 22-24, 2019
    Tickets: SOLD OUT, click here or more info.