Inyo County offers one of the most geographically diverse tracts of land in all of California. Almost half the county sits in Death Valley National Park, while the other half runs through the Sierra Nevada. As such, it is home to what is considered the highest peak in the lower 48 states (i.e., Mount Whitney), as well as to the lowest point on the entire continent (i.e., Death Valley’s Badwater Basin).
Given its location, the climate across the county ranges from one of the hottest temperatures ever recorded on Earth, to colder mountaintops where it can snow over five feet in a day. Other notable features in the county include the Palisade Glacier, Owens Valley, Inyo National Forest, Rock Creek Canyon, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.
In continuing with its extremes, Inyo County is the second largest county by area, but also maintains the second lowest population density in the state.
Earlier in 2020, a California Superior Court ruled against Inyo County’s years-long battle to take over three land parcels and their associated water rights from the city of Los Angeles. The court ruled that Inyo County’s attempted actions amounted to eminent domain and violated the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”).
The judge presiding over the case ordered the County to rescind its actions and to pay for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (“LADWP”) costs of the lawsuit. The ruling was a huge win for LADWP.
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