Elden Vestal Deposition in Mono Lake Cases (November 3, 1993) Part I
New! Elden Vestal Deposition Part II
In these videos Elden Vestal discusses historic conditions in Rush Creek.
These interviews were conducted in 1991 and 1992 for use in the Mono Basin EIR and the Water Board
Hearings. The Mono Lake Committee attempted to contact the interviewees
at the end of 1999 to obtain permission to use their interviews on
this Website and to allow them the opportunity to make corrections and
changes and to submit photographs. Everyone that responded confirmed
that we had their permission and we thank them very much for their help and cooperation.
Keep in mind that the views expressed are the
opinions and recollections of the individuals interviewed, and not
necessarily fact. In some cases the views expressed conflict with other testimony and studies.
The "Data Summary Index" for each interview,
if present, provides a subject index with hyperlinks to the relevant
part of the interview.
Interview | Data Summary Index
Interview with Jerry Andrews and Augie Hess. This interview discusses the wildlife, primarily
waterfowl, found near Mono Lake from approximately 1930
to 1970, and the spring activity once prevalent in the
Mono Basin. Both Mr. Hess and Mr. Andrews remember
waterfowl habitat at lower Rush Creek, Simon Spring, and
Warm Spring, supporting flocks of canvasbacks and
mallards. They also recall conditions such as ponds of
watercress at these locations, and seasonal flooding on
Rush Creek. Notes of cultural and recreational significance are
also discussed in the interview. Paiute basketweavers
used to collect their willow reeds along Rush Creek, and
Paiute hunters used to herd jackrabbits along Mono Lake.
When Mono Lake was higher, and the salinity was lower,
swimming was very popular, and both Jerry and Augie
remember opening their eyes underwater without
| Data Summary Index (checked
by interviewee 1999)
Interview with Don Banta. In this interview, Mr. Don Banta discusses bird
populations, both past and present. For example, Don
remembers many more northern shovelers around Mono Lake in
the 1940s, but he believes that there are more California
gulls now than previously. This interview also contains comments on recreational
activities which were popular between the 1940s and the
1970s, including, hunting, fishing, and water skiing.
There is also considerable discussion of hydrological
conditions around Mono Lake and along Lee Vining Creek.
Carrington Interview | Data
Summary Index Interview with Russ Carrington. Hard to follow and wade through in
places, but if you search for keywords and use the data summary index,
you will find some fascinating gems! For example, in the 1920s it was rare to see a
deer, there were large cutthroat trout in Rush Creek, and there were
lots of mallards.
Dondero Interview Interview with John Dondero. Contains information
about ducks, fishing, creeks, and irrigation in the Mono
Durant Interview (checked
by interviewee 2000)
Interview with Jessie Durant. This interview contains
photos and focuses on traditional Paiute life along Rush
(checked by interviewee 2000)
Interview with Mr. Walter Hansen, Mrs. Verna Hansen, Mr. Tim Hansen, and Estel
Sitze. The topic is sheep grazing and irrigation north of Mono