The following is a press release from DeepestValley.com, which, like the Manzanar Committee, is fighting against the construction of large-scale renewable energy development in the Owens Valley, including any such development that would intrude upon the viewshed of the Manzanar National Historic Site.
INDEPENDENCE, CA — Concerned community members in California’s Inyo County launched a new web site last week dedicated to the conservation of our open spaces.
Deepestvalley.com was initiated shortly after the now infamous Inyo County Planning Commission Meeting on Feburary 26, 2014, during which the Commission voted 4-1 to zone for industrial use enormous swaths of untouched land previously designated as agricultural and conservation land. This action, taken in spite of overwhelming public opposition both before and during the meeting, moved the rezoning proposal to the Board of Supervisors for discussion on March 18.
In addition to hosting a tutorial on the 2013 Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment and links to materials about point-of-use renewables, Deepestvalley.com includes public comments which have been made to the Planning Commission and Supervisors, and an online petition to Inyo County Supervisors: http://www.deepestvalley.com/?page_id=146..
Although Deepestvalley.com takes its name from a popular 1976 book by Genny Smith and Jeff Putnam about the Owens Valley, the web site concerns all of Inyo County: the incredible expanses of Death Valley National Park, the remote desert regions of the far southeastern corners of the county, the High Sierra and the tallest peaks in the lower forty-eight states, the ancient and sacred Inyo and White Ranges to the east, and everything in between.
Inyo County communities are spread far and wide across our dramatic landscapes. Deepestvalley.com provides the community at large a much-needed place to gather and share ideas about how to protect our delicate home, and retain its beauty for many generations to come.
Through political discourse, informed commentary, and contributions from writers, authors, educators, scientists, and citizens, the site facilitates dialogue to help us find our way forward in the protection of our lands and our communities.
“The Owens Valley is startlingly beautiful, tucked as it is between the intricately colorful White/Inyo mountains on the east and the breathtaking “Range of Light,” the Sierra Nevada, on the west, “ writes Deepestvalley.com Editor and Contributor Rose Masters. “The green thread of the Owens River winds sinuously along the valley floor just east of small towns like Lone Pine, Independence, Big Pine, and Bishop. This startling beauty of the valley is the lifeblood of these towns, supporting through tourism their fragile economies.”
Deepestvalley.com will also be used to engage Southern California tourists in dialogue and action about protecting the future of the open spaces and they rely on for respite and rejuvenation, as well as spaces like Manzanar which hold cultural significance for people all around the world. The site hosts a link to the Manzanar Committee’s Blog, and will ultimately link to their petition against the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s proposed Southern Owens Valley Solar “Ranch:” http://www.change.org/petitions/halt-ladwp-s-plan-to-build-a-1-200-acre-solar-energy-generating-station-adjacent-to-manzanar-national-historic-site.
“As we depend predominantly on tourist dollars,” writes eco-farm owner Julie Fought of Carroll Creek Ranch, “we have the perfect audience to send a message to the watchful world that we indeed are stewards of our magnificent open space. Nothing is more appealing to those who love and repeatedly visit our great valley than seeing a community who cares, protects, and thoughtfully stewards such a treasure.”
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