LADWP: Spring Runoff


LADWP Announces Plans to Spread Water In Long Valley During Spring Runoff

BISHOP, CA – Earlier this evening, the Inyo Mono Alpine Cattlemen's Association's Spring Tour Dinner Meeting was held at the Talman Pavillion. The meeting included updates on information relevant to ranching interests at the local, regional, state, and federal levels. Staff members from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) were in attendance and announced that LADWP plans to spread 30,000 acre-feet of water in Long Valley starting this coming May 2019.

In a statement shared by LADWP staff at the dinner, LADWP Senior Assistant General Manager of Water System Rich Harasick said, “It has been a great year for rain and snowfall in California – after recent storms the Eastern Sierra snowpack is 188% of normal as of March 8th. LADWP continues to work on its operational plans and is preparing for the upcoming spring runoff. Efforts are already underway with water spreading started in Inyo County.”

Consistent with past practices, LADWP plans to provide water to its lessees based on LADWP operational needs. In prior years when the Eastern Sierra runoff exceeded the capacity of the aqueduct system, LADWP spread water to its leased lands in the southern Mono area. This was the case during the 2017 record precipitation, when as much water was spread as the land could handle.

LADWP is evaluating this year’s anticipated runoff while also considering the demands of the overall water system, which include customer needs, environmental commitments and hydroelectric generation. Taking these factors into account, LADWP is committed to maximizing the beneficial use of runoff water to the fullest extent and working with its lessees and ranching community to use water efficiently. In order to keep residents and partners of the Eastern Sierra informed of the steps being taken to manage runoff, LADWP will continue to issue additional updates as conditions and operations progress.

Caltrans: International Women's Day


Caltrans’ Dedicated Employees Honored on International Women’s Day

SACRAMENTO—On International Women’s Day, Caltrans honors more than six thousand women who keep California moving. Caltrans expresses gratitude to these individuals advancing innovation and sustainable business practices, maintaining California’s vast transportation system and paving the way for future transportation leaders. 

“Diversity is an intrinsic value woven into the fabric of our culture at Caltrans,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “I’m proud of the women leading this organization who help make California’s transportation system safe and more sustainable.” 

Half of Caltrans’ top executive leaders are women. This includes the women serving as Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Engineer for the first time in history along with the leaders of other core departments including planning, sustainability, public affairs, and administration 

Current women who are top executive leaders for Caltrans include:

  • Director Laurie Berman

  • Planning and Modal Programs Deputy Director Coco Briseno

  • Sustainability Deputy Director Ellen Greenberg

  • Public Affairs Assistant Deputy Director Tamie McGowen

  • Inspector General Eraina Ortega

  • Acting SB 1 Program Manager Nabeelah Abi-Rached

  • Administration Deputy Director Chris Rojas

  • Business and Economic Opportunity Assistant Director Janice Salais

  • Chief Legal Counsel Jeanne Scherer

  • Chief Engineer Karla Sutliff

These women are helping Caltrans improve the safety, mobility and economy of California by delivering solutions that do more than just work today. They are building projects and maintaining an infrastructure for Californians today and for generations to come.

Public Works News: City Council Expected to Move Cooperative Street Project Forward


Public Works News Release
City Council Expected to Move Cooperative Street Project Forward

At their meeting on 11 March 2019, the Bishop City Council is expected to approve the West Jay Street Extension project taking the next step toward construction later this year. The West Jay Street Extension project is possible through the cooperation of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), Inyo County, the City of Bishop, and possibly Caltrans. The agencies working together are able to accomplish much more than working individually. West Jay Street is at the south limits of the City of Bishop, by the Jack in the Box restaurant. Use of the street is increasing and expansion of DWP facilities in the area will increase use further. The $800,000 West Jay Street Extension project will address this by extending Jay Street to intersect with Fowler Street. The project will also extend water and sewer service in the area. Although immediately adjacent to the city limit, West Jay Street is a county road. With DWP development in the city requiring expansion of a county road and city utilities, the project is an excellent opportunity for agencies to pool resources for the combined good. Possible City Council action on Monday evening is on the environmental document for the project. If Council certifies that environmental document, the project will be cleared to move forward to construction late spring or early summer. For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at or 760-873-8458.