Environmental Stewardship

As stewards of 490 square miles of land in the Eastern Sierra, we use best management practices to protect water quality, habitat, biodiversity and endangered and threatened species throughout the Owens Valley, Long Valley and Mono Basin watersheds. To support these efforts, we leave approximately half of the water that historically was exported to Los Angeles in the Eastern Sierra. We currently have over 100 environmental initiatives in Inyo and Mono Counties related to protecting and sustaining the environment.  This includes restoring sixty-three miles of the Lower Owens River through our rewatering efforts and improving 78,000 acres of land along the Lower Owens River. We also enhanced almost 2,000 acres of wetlands to support the local ecology of the Lower Owens River. 

Below are some of the current environmental efforts we are working on. 

Black Rock Waterfowl Management Area

LADWP and Inyo County have developed a five-year Interim Management and Monitoring Plan for the Blackrock Waterfowl Management Area. This Interim Plan sets out to enhance habitat for Lower Owens River Project waterbird indicator species including shorebirds, waterfowl, and wading birds, and provide opportunities for local and migratory bird populations by incorporating a seasonal flooding regime.   


Pictured: One of the four management area units within the project named 'Drew Unit' . Full map.

Mono Basin Restoration

To date, LADWP has 66 ongoing, in progress or complete restoration efforts in the Mono Basin alone. As a result, while the entire state grapples with the impacts of climate change, the ecological vibrancy of the Mono Basin continues to be restored.



Pictured: Grant Lake

Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation

We put extraordinary effort into protecting habitat used for nesting and breeding by the  Bi-State Sage-Grouse. We worked with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to develop the Conservation Strategy and the recently completed Long Valley Adaptive Management Plan for Bi-State Sage-Grouse. We also participate as part of the executive oversight committee, technical advisory committee and work with the local area working group.

Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program

Conservation Efforts in Mono Basin 

We have been working hand-in-hand with the state of California, environmental advocates and local voices to improve the environment. For over forty years, we have been dedicated to the environmental preservation, investing in a variety of restoration projects that continue to improve the ecological vibrancy of the region. To date, we have 66 ongoing, in progress or complete restoration projects in the Mono Basin alone.

Our Commitment to Long Valley 

To protect the local environment, while also ensuring a reliable water supply for the City of LA, we continuously monitor City-owned land in the Long Valley Watershed and adjust our operations to protect habitat and species, including the Bi-State Greater Sage-Grouse. This includes evaluating and adjusting the amount of water available for land-leases for use by local cattle ranchers as well. 

Specifically our goals are to:
• Monitor and adjust our operations based on the effects of climate change.
• Protect water quality in the watershed and ensure all compliance with all environmental protection laws and regulations.
• Balance community desires and historical land uses with City’s needs, while protecting the health of the watershed.