A History of Water in the Owens Valley

We all know that Los Angeles came to the Owens Valley 100 years ago and sucked the life out of what was a budding agricultural area. It’s a rite of passage for new residents of the valley to read about the chicanery that took place when DWP’s agents came north looking for “farm land.” And, of course, our most (in)famous export is the particulate matter from Owens Lake. Come learn about all that and where we stand today by joining us at Jill Kinmont Boothe School on Wednesday, June 13 at 6 PM. We’ll have a short INYO350 general meeting, followed by a talk and slide show, “The History of Water in the Owens Valley,” presented by Mary Roper.

Mary is the president of the Owens Valley Committee, formed in 1983 to protect the valley’s land and water resources. Mary’s roots in the valley run deep, from a childhood on the family’s ranch on the south fork of Oak Creek to monitoring dozens of elections as the Inyo County registrar of voters. With the aid of her sister, Inyo County Library Director Nancy Masters, Mary will chronicle the history of water in the valley, from before the first white settlers to the water wars that are continuing to this day. Spoiler alert: LA Still Sucks the Owens Valley Dry!


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