Owens Lake Master Plan EIR

Owens Lake Master Plan EIR

Owens Lake has been known as the largest source of particulate-matter pollution in the United States as a result of historic water diversions from Owens Valley. To address dust control and public values, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) initiated a stakeholder-driven process to define an integrated land use, resource management, and public use vision that will result in a Master Plan to manage and enhance Owens Lake.

As a participant in the planning and visioning process, ESA is providing technical input to ensure CEQA compliance and evaluating habitat suitability, aesthetic enjoyment, public access and recreation, and economic viability. In order to be ratified as the vision for Owens Lake, the Master Plan must be adopted by the California State Lands Commission (CSLC) and evaluated under CEQA and the Public Trust doctrine. ESA’s multidisciplinary expertise is supporting the development of Master Plan alternatives and preparation of the environmental impact report.

Working with project partners including LADWP, California Department of Fish and Game, Audubon, County of Inyo, City of Lone Pine, and the CSLC, ESA’s multidisciplinary expertise is informing the planning process. We will proactively assist in streamlining the environmental review and making sure the vision is environmentally sensitive.

Specialized Services

  • Community outreach programs
  • Development feasibility (constraints/opportunities, due diligence)
  • Environmental impact reports
  • Fisheries habitat enhancement
  • General management plans
  • Habitat conservation plans
  • Habitat evaluations
  • Habitat modeling
  • Master planning
  • Public access, trail analysis and design
  • Wetland restoration