Halt LADWP's Plan To Build A 1,200-Acre Solar Energy Generating Station Adjacent to Manzanar National Historic Site

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Partial Victory! Industrial-Scale Solar Projects Threatening Manzanar National Historic Site On Indefinite Hold

Although we announced this news at the 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 25, 2015, it was actually still preliminary back then—we didn't have all the confirmations we would've liked to have had, but we went ahead anyway, since what we had learned seemed to be reliable... But now, we've got all of our I's dotted and all of our T's crossed, so we can officially announce that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch is on hold until 2024, at the earliest, and may never see the light of day. We are also pleased to report that a second industrial solar facility slated for the same area on private land, the proposed Northland Independence Solar Project, is dead (the private landowner could resurrect the project, but there is no indication of that happening). Both large-scale, industrial solar projects (1,200 acres or more) would have been built within the viewshed of the Manzanar National Historic Site, destroying the ability to teach future generations about the desolation of the area, and its impact on those who were unjustly incarcerated behind the barbed wire at Manzanar during World War II. At this point, we have declared a partial victory; we must continue to work to permanently protect and preserve Manzanar's viewshed and the Owens Valley from industrial development that would cause irreparable damage to the environment and the economy of the Owens Valley, as well as the cultural and historic fabric of the area for the Owens Valley Paiute and Shoshone people, as well as for the Manzanar National Historic Site. Thank you to all of you who signed our petition. We didn't have to submit it, but our voices were heard by government officials, loud and clear, both in Los Angeles, as well as in Inyo County. To read our joint statement with the Owens Valley Committee, check out the included link...

Manzanar Committee
5 years ago