Water in Los Angeles in the 1920s Essay by The Research Group

Water in Los Angeles in the 1920s
A look at the struggle between the city and Owens Valley over water rights. Includes land, planning, agriculture, drought, violence, construction of aqueduct and outcome.
# 21394 | 2,250 words | 7 sources | 1994 | US
Published on Feb 27, 2003 in Geography (General) , Agricultural Studies (General)


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"The Struggle Between the Owens Valley and Los Angeles over Water
This paper will discuss the conflict between the residents of the Owens Valley and the city of Los Angeles through the end of the 1920s over the appropriation of water in the Owens Valley by the city. The first part of the paper will examine the background of the controversy. The second part of the paper will describe the high point of the struggle in the middle part of the 1920s. The last part of the paper will discuss the outcome and the ramifications of this struggle.


Located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, the Owens River drainage system is long and narrow, extending 120 miles from the Mono divide to Owens Lake. Near the Mono divide, the floor of the valley is about 8000 feet above sea level; there is a drop of 2200 feet from the end of the Long Valley to Owens..."

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