It is no secret that the Eastern Sierra is having a "Not-So-White Christmas." Indeed, no matter what end of the year holidays you choose to celebrate, or not, it is well known that the Eastern Sierra does not have too much of a white anything at the moment, unless you count the prolific snow making of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
Mono County has had a generally rough start to the water year, which the United States Gelogical Survey (USGS) refers to as starting October 1st and ending September 30th. Despite many claims that the Eastern Sierra would see serious snow this year due to the El Niño climate pattern, such predictions (or hopes) have yet to come true, with a pattern of big storms being predicted and ultimately resulting in just a few inches.
However, 2024 has not even started, and we at Keep Long Valley Green are still holding out for a hero. We love big years that keep the meadows and wetlands of Long Valley green without the threat of dewatering by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP). But if this year turns out to be less than stellar, you can count on us to make sure drought isn't an excuse used by LADWP to rob this ecostystem and its community of water.
Hopefully, when Every Last Drop returns in 2024 to start off Volume 4, we will have better, water filled, tidings to report! Thank you for joining us for our third year of this newsletter, we look forward to spreading more Long Valley love in the new year.
Our 2024 New Years Resolutions:
- In 2024 we will, as always, keep an eye on the threat of dewatering, and keep our community updated on any opportunites for action, as needed. Stay tuned to this newsletter and our social media platforms for updates.
- Back by popular demand! We have heard you: in 2024 we will once again restock our stickers and lawn signs back in our community hotspots. We want to see those stickers on as many cars in the Eastern Sierra, and Los Angeles, as possible! Don't forget to send us photos of where you stickered our message. We love to see them.
- In 2024 we will host more opportunites to get out on the land and appreciate Long Valley as a community, as we did for our Long Valley Bike Tour with Haley Fitzpatrick. We know that getting outside is a priority for many of those who support our work, and we would love to get out with you in 2024. Stay tuned.
- We will continue to host our trash clean ups in Long Valley alongisde US 395, bianually in the spring and the fall. Be sure to join us for these events for snacks and lunch afterwards! Our volunteers help us keep Long Valley beautiful.
What would you like to see us do in 2024? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your visions for Long Valley in 2024. Help us make those visions possible by signing up to volunteer with us in the coming year: