After a wet winter, the Eastern Sierra snowpack measured 171% of normal on April 1, 2019. LADWP is committed to maximizing the beneficial use of runoff water to the fullest extent and by considering the demands of the overall water system, which include customer needs, hydroelectric generation and spreading water to meet LADWP’s environmental commitments.
LADWP is working hand-in-hand with Inyo County officials to be prepared for this year’s high runoff that is proven to be a long runoff season requiring extra management. All agencies are patrolling waterways around the clock. LADWP crews are primarily working on maintaining capacity within the system by cleaning sand traps, canals and other waterways and getting the areas ready for the water.
LADWP will be issuing public notices on water spreading activities throughout the summer months and early fall, and working closely with Inyo County, Bishop Police Department,
Cal-Trans, Southern California Edison, and other appropriate entities as needed.
Below is the latest information on water spreading efforts:
RUNOFF MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES
As of August 18, 2019:
Total estimated volume to date (AF)
1 AF = 326,000 gallons
Pleasant Valley Reservoir to Tinemaha Reservoir
Upper McNally Canals – 12,652 AF
Lower McNally Canals – 12,786 AF
Big Pine Canal–5,147 AF
Arkansas Flat (Bishop) – 1,685 AF
Tinemaha Reservoir to Haiwee Reservoir
Red Mountain Creek – 1,816AF
Tinemaha Creek – 1,961AF
Hogback Creek – 1,397 AF
Georges Creek – 2,810 AF
Bairs Creek – 1,239 AF
Shepherds Creek – 2,998 AF
Symmes Creek – 1,019 AF
Pinyon Creek – 1,321 AF
Indy Creek – 2,264 AF
Oak Creek – 3,307 AF
Thibaut Creek – 41 AF
Black Canyon Creek – 400AF
Division Creek –708 AF
Goodale Creek – 1,329 AF
Taboose Creek – 2,579 AF
Sawmill Creek (Alluvial Fans) – 300 AF
All agencies encourage safe and responsible recreation and are urging for recreation on calmer waters.
For further information or to make a report please call
LADWP Water Operations at 760-872-1104.