Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Project

  • Large pipes carry water between the lake bed’s many dust control areas, allowing it to spread, wet the surface, and suppress windborne dust. This dust control process is referred to as “shallow flooding”.

  • Course gravel is installed to reduce salt evaporate emissions from the lake bed and minimize wind disturbance to the underlying soils. This dust control measure is referred to as “gravel cover”.

  • Brine water is distributed to the lake bed via turnouts, which consist of above ground piping and a system of pumps, valves, filters and meters.

  • A steel frame administration building is one of the only facilities constructed on the expansive 108 square-mile lake bed.


For over 13 years, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has managed the Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Project.   The objective of the multi-phased project  is to minimize dust levels affecting air quality in the areas surrounding the 108-square-mile lakebed.  Over the 9-phase project, LADWP has developed the site’s infrastructure and implemented several dust mitigation techniques, including: gravel cover, managed vegetation, shallow flooding and land tillage.

Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range 200 miles east of Los Angeles, the lake’s remote and ecologically diverse environment presents unique challenges. KDG Construction Consulting has served as the Construction Manager during 8 of the 9 phases of the project and offers a broad understanding of the project’s complexities.

To learn more about the current and most recent phases of the project and KDG’s ongoing collaboration with LADWP, visit the links below:


Project Details

Location: Keeler, CA

Client:  City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Project Cost:    $400 million

Project Responsibilities

Construction Management

Project Controls

Inspection and Quality Assurance

Safety Management

Technical Services

KDG’s Responsibilities

KDG has served as the prime construction manager on 7 of the 8 phases of the Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Project.

Owens Lake Map