Mono Basin and Hot Creek Area

On September 28, 1994, the state water resources board set a target lake level of 6,392', 25' below its 1941 level. The decision decreased water diversions to LA. This was a decision by the CA Supreme court to maximize the beneficial use of California's limited water resources. Restoration of damaged streams and bird habitat was also ordered. The drought of the last 4 years is responsible for the most recent drop in water level.