Los Angeles Embarks on Massive River Restoration Project

Environmental activists and residents of Owens Valley look forward to the planned revival of a 65-mile stretch of river.
June 2, 2004, 8am PDT | C. Scott Smith
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"'This has been a long time coming,' said Greg James, the director of the water department in Inyo County, which includes the Owens Valley. 'There aren't many places in the West where 65 miles of a river have been dried out, and now 100 years later there's an opportunity to get it back. I'm optimistic it's going to happen. But some people here are still skeptical of anything L.A. says.'

'While the city relies heavily upon the Owens River for our high-quality drinking water,' Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn said at a ceremony earlier this year to announce the restoration plan, 'preserving the Eastern Sierra and the Owens Valley is just as important.'"

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Published on Tuesday, June 1, 2004 in The Washington Post
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