evolved from an idea conceived nearly 25 years ago by the LADWP and Fish and Game biologists.
The ruling further states that while the LORP
may have some negative impact on the brine pool transition area, this potential impact is "more than offset by other mitigation measuresC*"
The main goals of the LORP are to create and sustain healthy and diverse habitats for native fish, waterfowl, shorebirds and other animals, as well as a warm water recreational fishery, through sound flow and land management practices which give nature the tools to produce healthy habitats.
In addition to providing a steady flow to 63 miles of the Owens River that has essentially been dry since it was diverted to Los Angeles in 1913, the LORP will spread water into basins to create hundreds of acres of wetland habitat and off-river lakes and ponds for waterfowl, shore birds and fisheries.
The LADWP agreed to build a pump station with a capacity of 50 cubic feet per second to pump water from the LORP back to the aqueduct or to the Owens dry lakebed for dust mitigation.
The LORP will return a steady flow of water to the entire length of the Lower Owens River from the intake of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, below Big Pine, down to the Owens Lake Delta.
The LADWP also agreed to build a pump station with a capacity of 50 cubic feet per second, allowing LADWP to pump water from the LORP back to the aqueduct or to the Owens dry lakebed for dust mitigation.
The LORP represents one of the most significant river habitat restoration projects undertaken in the United States, according to LADWP Watershed Resources Manager Brian Tillemans "This is an unprecedented project," said Tillemans, who is a wildlife biologist.
In 1991 the city approved an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that identified the LORP
as mitigation for Owens Valley water-gathering activities by the city.