New deal could help repair damage at Mono Lake

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new agreement may end a decades-old battle between Los Angeles and conservationists who say water diversions have damaged picturesque Mono Lake near Yosemite.

The Los Angeles Times says the LA Department of Water and Power board will vote Tuesday on a proposed settlement.

The lake near Yosemite is known for its spiraling, craggy formations. It’s also a stopover for millions of migratory birds. But conservationists sued in 1979 because the DWP had tapped Sierra streams that supplied the fragile lake, drastically dropping the water level and increasing salinity.

The city eventually was ordered to reduce the amount of water it diverted.

The new lawsuit settlement calls for construction of a $15 million dam gate to release water at intervals, promoting trout populations and restoring some habitat.

 

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