After outlining the potential negative economic and environmental impacts of less water flowing through local ditches, Inyo County’s representatives agreed with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s request to reduce the amount of irrigation water provided to LADWP agricultural lease lands in Inyo County.

The proposed drop in irrigation water for 2022-23 amounts to roughly 4,000 acre feet. As presented in the Owens Valley Operations Plan for 2022-23, about 34,750 acre feet of water will be delivered to local agricultural lands. That is the lowest amount since implantation of the Inyo-Los Angeles Long Term Water Agreement.

The cuts will come when lands allocated 5 acre feet of water per acre will only receive 4 af of water. The 5 af per acre allotment typically goes to agricultural lands irrigated with open ditch systems, while those using sprinklers and mechanized irrigation get 3 af per acre, an allotment that will not be changed this year.

For more on this story, see the May  14 edition of The Inyo Register.

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