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Near Keeler in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program

 
 
Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 10, 2013
1. Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program Marker
Inscription. Owens Lake was once over 300 feet deep and part of a large ancient freshwater lake. As the climate changed over centuries, the lake began to dry up leaving behind concentrated minerals and salts. By 1905, diversion of water by farmers in the Owens Valley, coupled with drought in the region, had shrunk the lake even further to approximately 60% of what it was in the mid 1800's. In 1913, the City of Los Angeles purchased most of the water rights in the Owens Valley and completed the first Los Angeles Aqueduct to divert much of the remaining water in the Owens River south to the city of Los Angeles. As a result, the lakebed has been essentially dry since 1920.

Dust blowing from the dry lakebed became a problem for the communities surrounding Owens Lake, and its presence eventually constituted a violation of the Federal air quality dust standard. In July of 1998, the City of Los Angeles and the Great Basin United Air Pollution Control District entered into a historic agreement committing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to mitigate the dust conditions.

This marker signifies the first phase of a dust control program - Shallow Flooding. This involves delivering water to emissive areas of the lakebed until the soil becomes thoroughly wet to the surface and is unable to emit dust.

This program is
Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 10, 2013
2. Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program Marker
part of s series of actions in which the City of Los Angeles and the Department of Water and Power have taken positive steps to protect the environment.
 
Erected 2001 by Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 36° 30.349′ N, 117° 53.321′ W. Marker is near Keeler, California, in Inyo County. Marker is on California Route 136, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Keeler CA 93530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Keeler (approx. 1.5 miles away); Owens Lake Silver-Lead Furnace (approx. 1.6 miles away); Cerro Gordo (approx. 1.8 miles away); Dolomite Mine (approx. 3.4 miles away); Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns (approx. 9.3 miles away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named "Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns" (approx. 9.9 miles away); Lone Pine Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 11 miles away); Lone Pine Film Museum (approx. 11.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Keeler.
 
Also see . . .  Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program. (Submitted on April 2, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.)
 
Categories. AgricultureEnvironment
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 412 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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