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How the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) is trying to reverse this desertification of Owens Lake.
June 4, 2004, 11am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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It's a sunny, clear Sunday--not a dust plume in sight, to the disappointment of our guides. We are on a weekend tour of Owens Valley, ground zero of the California water wars. In our white whale of a bus, we lumber incongruously through the small town of Keeler, California. Once a bustling port, the town now houses only about 90 residents; they live on the shores of what used to be Owens Lake, but now is just a bowl of dust. We're here to see how the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is trying to reverse this desertification of Owens Lake, which it introduced in 1913 with the creation of the L.A. Aqueduct.

Thanks to Julie Taraska

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Published on Saturday, May 29, 2004 in MetropolisMag.com
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