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I apologize for the late response to your question about Mono Lake. In a nutshell, in response to pumping ground water which feeds Mono Lake in the Sierras (California) and diverting it to fill swimming pools in LA (that's New England sarcasm speaking) a group of environmentalists staged the biggest and eventually most successful environmental campaign at the time to quash most of the operation. THey were able to get LA to cut back substantially on the amount of water diverted and restored a lot of the damaged ecology. In many ways, the Friends of Mono Lake ( I think that's the name of the group) was the grandaddy of the modern environmental movement. They started in the mid 70's. THere are scores of websites related to Mono Lake. Sorry about this rushed explanation----but I'm sooooo busy.