Volume 6 | July 2022

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As we enter the summer season with hotter weather and drier conditions LADWP reminds all that everyone plays an important role in preventing wildfires. Know safety tips, and be aware of any fire restrictions in place that may affect activities like campfires and barbecues.

Effective on June 6, the Inyo National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office have set fire restrictions effective on all Federal lands under their jurisdiction.


Protecting the Environment

Long Valley Sage Grouse Adaptive Management Plan Summer Field Meeting

In June, our water managers along with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Geological Survey (USGS), Mono County, and representatives from Eastern Sierra Audubon Society, the Bi-State Local Area Working Group, and Lacey Livestock took part in the 2nd Annual Bi-state sage-grouse summer meeting to assess field conditions and discuss operations under the 2022 operations plan for the area. This work is being implemented under the 2020 Long Valley Adaptive Management Plan, a plan collaboratively developed with LADWP and USFWS with input from other regulatory agencies and sage-grouse experts as a living document to guide land management decisions that ultimately preserve and enhance the Bi-state sage-grouse population. This summer, LADWP Watershed Resources Staff is conducting vegetation monitoring in Long Valley to document habitat conditions. The collaborative working group will continue to meet quarterly and work in partnership to maintain/improve brood rearing habitat for sage grouse in Long Valley.

Our Commitment to Long Valley Continues

California State Court of Appeal Reverses 2021 Decision and Ensures Water Managers’ Flexibility to Effectively Deliver Water Resources

On June 30, 2022, a California Court of Appeal reversed a decision that would have set a precedent in which water agencies like LADWP would have been required to undergo a new California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analysis every year before making an operating decision about water usage and diversions of water on land that is owned and leased to third parties. READ FULL STATEMENT

Keep the Waterways Safe with the Tangle Free Waters Program

The 2022 fishing season is well underway and we would like to remind everyone to reduce and remove monofilament fishing lines by using the Mammoth Lakes Recreation Tangle Free Waters stations conveniently located at your favorite fishing spots.


Water Conservation Ordinance For the City of Los Angeles

Stronger water conservation rules went into effect for LADWP customers, on June 1. All LADWP customers—residential and commercial– are now limited to two days a week of outdoor watering as well as other water use restrictions. The changes are a transition from the previous three days a week watering under the City of Los Angeles’ Phase 2 Emergency Water Conservation Ordinance, to two days a week watering under Phase 3.

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LADWP Project Doubles Stormwater Capture Capacity to Increase Local Water Supplies

For over a decade, we have invested significantly in expanding the amount of stormwater runoff that can be captured rather than diverted to the ocean. With over 70 regional projects underway or planned over the next 15 years, we expect to double the stormwater capture capacity. These include large-scale projects to expand centralized facilities, such as the Tujunga Spreading Grounds. On June 30, we marked the completion of the Tujunga Spreading Grounds Stormwater Capture expansion project and opened a new community recreation area onsite to the public. The 150-acre project will double the annual groundwater recharge capacity of the San Fernando Groundwater Basin to 16,000 acre-foot on average, which has the potential to provide enough water to 64,000 L.A. households on an annual basis. 


LADWP and the Office of Inyo County Education Announce the 2022 Certified Trade Education Scholarship Winners

For the third consecutive year, LADWP is proud to partner with the Inyo County Office of Education (ICOE) to provide a $2,000 scholarship to graduating high school students in Inyo County committed to enrolling in post-secondary institutions or programs that provide industry-recognized certifications, training, and/or degrees in the skilled labor trades. Click the link to learn this year’s winners.

Pictured from left LADWP employee Darin Willey and scholarship recipient Noelani Lukaszka from Palisade Glacier HS. Photo courtesy of Darin Willey


Heroic Action by LADWP Employee and Big Pine Volunteer Fire Capt. Jason Morgan Saves Multiple Lives on Klondike Lake

On May 15 the quick thinking of LADWP employee, and Big Pine Volunteer Fire Capt. Jason Morgan prevented

multiple people and one dog from nearly drowning in an accident on Klondike Lake just north of Big Pine, CA. Big Pine Fire Chief, Damon Carrington was the first to receive the report and commends Jason for his selfless actions that day. We applaud Jason, and all of our employees who often go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety of others.  

Pictured from left are LADWP employees Jason Morgan and Damon Carrington. Photo courtesy of Damon Carrington


Cynthia M. Ruiz Confirmed As Newest Member of Board of Water and Power Commissioners

Cynthia Ruiz has been appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti and by L.A. City Council on June 8, 2022, as the newest member of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. She joins Board President Cynthia McClain-Hill, Board Members Jill Banks Barad, Mia Lehrer, and Nicole Neeman Brady to serve on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's first-ever all-female Board.


Adopt-A-School Program

The LADWP Adopt-A-School Program began in 1984, since that time our participation in this program has grown to 24 schools. LADWP serves six schools in the Owens Valley from Round Valley down to Lone Pine. During the program, LADWP employees volunteer at schools in activities ranging from garden clubs, nature walks, water quality testing in the field, and career days.

This year the schools and LADWP employees finally met in person during outdoor field trips and presentations. 

From top: LADWP employees with Owens Valley High School students during an on-campus bird surveying lesson;  Bishop Elementary students listen to LADWP employees during Buckley Pond field trip. Photos by Chris Corsmeier


Summer Fun with the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association

This summer ESIA is offering educational campfire programs at several National Forest campgrounds with support from Wild Tribute and LADWP.



Job Openings


  • Electric Distribution Mechanic
  • Electrical Mechanic
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic
  • Hydrographer


 Systems Analyst (9/2/22)

 Systems Programmer (10/14/2022)

Jumpstart a Career in Power
Thinking of a career in power? Consider taking this self-paced online course that introduces basic electrical concepts including charge, voltage, current, energy, and power. The class is free and open to anyone interested in pursuing a career in various electrical trades. Taking the course will also help participants meet the minimum requirements to apply for several positions at LADWP.


LADWP reminds visitors and residents of the Eastern Sierra that safety is the priority. #RecreateResponsibly

  • No Campfires, briquette/charcoal barbeques, or stove fires are allowed outside of agency-provided fire rings or barbeques
  • No Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site
  • No welding or other torches with open flame.
  • No motorized vehicles or tools powered by internal combustion engines, such as chainsaws or lawn mowers off designated roads or trails.

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