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The Owens River Gorge and Powerplants
North of Bishop, California

Wikipedia: Owens River Gorge

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Penstock down to the middle Owens Gorge Powerhouse

Penstock down to the middle Owens Gorge Powerhouse

This penstock drops water from the rim of the Gorge directly to the middle powerhouse.

Owens River Gorge, north of Bishop, California

Date photographed: November 2, 2015

Owens River Gorge in the Volcanic Tableland

Owens River Gorge in the Volcanic Tableland

The Owens River cuts an abrupt vertical-sided gorge into the relatively smooth surface of the Volcanic Tableland. The rhyolite cliffs are popular with rock climbers.

Owens River Gorge, north of Bishop, California

Date photographed: November 2, 2015

Penstock above the Owens River Gorge

Penstock above the Owens River Gorge

Most of the water from the Owens River is diverted into this huge penstock that runs parallel to the Gorge, leading to the lower powerhouse at Control Gorge.

Owens River Gorge, north of Bishop, California

Date photographed: November 2, 2015

Marsh in the Owens River Gorge

Marsh in the Owens River Gorge

Controlled releases have enabled riparian growth including small marshlands along the Owens River in the Gorge.

Owens River Gorge, north of Bishop, California

Date photographed: November 2, 2015

Control Gorge Powerhouse

Control Gorge Powerhouse

The lowest of the three hydroelectric generating stations in the Owens River Gorge.

Owens River Gorge, north of Bishop, California

Date photographed: November 2, 2015

Weir on the Owens River

Weir on the Owens River

A weir to slow the current in the Owens River above the Control Gorge Powerhouse.

Owens River Gorge, north of Bishop, California

Date photographed: November 2, 2015

Re-watered Owens River in the Gorge

Re-watered Owens River in the Gorge

After being dry for most of the 20th century, mandated releases from Lake Crowley now ensure a minimal flow of water in the stretch of the Owens River in the gorge.

Owens River Gorge, north of Bishop, California

Date photographed: November 2, 2015

Pleasant Valley Dam

Pleasant Valley Dam

The Pleasant Valley Dam on the Owens River stabilizes surges from the powerplants in the gorge upstream.

Pleasant Valley, north of Bishop, California

Date photographed: November 2, 2015

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