LA utility to conduct in-house environmental impact report on Long Valley dewatering
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has every intention of ending the practice of supplying water to ranchers that lease its land in Long Valley. Fortunately, the water hog will have to prepare an environmental impact report (EIR) to see if the lack of water will have an effect on the ecosystems. It has already started the 18-month process … using its own people and data. The report will endure scrutiny by, and face final approval from … the LADWP Board of Commissioners.
The public will get to comment, as the EIR process is partially driven by public comment, said Anselmo Collins, the Director of Water Operations. The Aqueduct Manager, Clarence Martin, who has taken over for the retiring James Yonatta, answers to Collins.
He discussed the Long Valley with The Sheet in an interview on July 25.
In May, ranchers were handed new leases at a discounted price, but they did not include water allotments. There was never any water included in the leases, but as Collins explained, excess water, or the stuff that wouldn’t fit in the LA Aqueduct, was spread on Long Valley. Now, there is no more excess water.