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  Owens Valley Aqueduct 4
Owens Valley residents having a "dynamiting party" along a section of the aqueduct.
The finest farm in the valley is of no more value to it than a town lot, so far as realty alone is concerned.
Owens Valley residents vain attempt to take back the water which Los Angeles stole by chicanery.
www.owensvalleyhistory.com /ov_aqueduct2/page20a.html   (1735 words)

  NPR : L.A. Returns Water to the Owens Valley
This is the point at which the aqueduct breaks off from the Owens River and starts diverting the water out of the river into the aqueduct and down to the ever thirsty city of Los Angeles.
This Sora rail marsh bird is a rare sight near the Owens River.
Morning Edition, December 7, 2006 · At the dawn of 20th century, Owens Valley was a prime piece of California nature.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=6590362   (973 words)

  Owens Valley Tragedy
Owens Valley lies to the east of the Sierra Nevada mountain and west of the White-Inyo mountain ranges, just to the west of the U.S.’s Great Basin.
The valley’s location is concerned with a rain shadowing effect where all precipitation is deposited on the western side of the Sierra Nevada Range.
Owens Valley residents had, and still have, many problems coping with the fact that Southern California’s urban development was more important than their own.
darwin.bio.uci.edu /~sustain/global/sensem/beked297.htm   (1835 words)

 Owens Valley Haunted by Hopes that Failed — 1942
For by 1866 the valley became part of Inyo County, the first school was established, the Army reservation at Independence became a town and Bishop, at the valley’s head, was the center of [a] small agricultural region.
The Owens River, draining some 2800 square miles of watershed, was the source of farming richness to the valley, and permitted experimentation in irrigation, with orchards and fruits as well as grain.
Enthusiastically the Owens Valley people welcomed the idea, gave up some of their rights to advance the study, and then, in 1905, were aghast to learn that new interests altered the future of their sheltered lands.
www.sfmuseum.org /hist8/owens1.html   (1001 words)

 Cenozoic/Mesozoic Volcanism   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Drainage from Panamint Lake was to Lake Manley in Death Valley.
Lake Diaz (to the northwest) was created when a graben formed between the Owens Valley fault and a small fault east of the lake.
On the eastern side of the Alabama Hills geophysical surveys suggest that the depth to bedrock is approximately 9,000', about the same as the elevation difference between the floor of Owens Valley and the summit of Mt. Whitney (14,495').
www.csupomona.edu /~geology/docs/sierra.html   (1495 words)

 Wikinfo | Owens Valley   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Owens Valley is a graben: a downdropped block of land between two vertical faults.
Owens Valley is the westernmost graben in the Basin and Range Province.
The graben is in fact much larger than the depth of the valley infers; gravity studies suggest that 10,000 feet of sedimentary rock mostly fills the graben and that a very steep escarpment is buried under the western length of the valley.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Owens_Valley   (680 words)

 reviewjournal.com -- News - Pipeline opponents invoke Owens Valley
Critics of the authority's plan for Spring Valley are calling it the largest withdrawal of water from a single basin the United States has seen since Owens Valley.
Owens Valley is a powerful cautionary tale, but water authority officials say there are plenty of examples of successful groundwater transfers from one basin to another, including several projects in Nevada that date back more that a century.
James acknowledged that the chances of another Owens Valley are blunted somewhat by Nevada water law and the state and federal environmental regulations enacted during the latter half of the 20th century.
www.reviewjournal.com /lvrj_home/2006/Sep-13-Wed-2006/news/9612062.html   (1268 words)

 CLUI Newsetter - Summer 2004 - Owens Tour Day 1
The Owens Valley is the only developed area in the county, and is a narrow strip, just a few miles wide, with nearly inaccessible mountains as high as 14,000 feet on either side.
Besides being one of the deepest valleys in the world, Owens Valley is full of active vulcanism, and as we approach the valley, the bus seems to be heading directly towards a volcanic cindercone.
The Owens Valley, while it drains the snowy eastern Sierra, is dry, and has been connected to the ocean for less than a hundred years, through the plumbing constructed by the DWP.
www.clui.org /clui_4_1/lotl/v27/day1.html   (3475 words)

 Owens Valley - Photos
Owens Valley is a nearly perfect rift valley, a divergent boundary in which both sides are moving apart.
But Owens Valley is complex, and it should not be reduced to a schematic "textbook" rift valley; nevertheless, I attempt to present a simplified photo-tour of the geologic features of the valley, and I hope you find it interesting and informative.
It is reasonable to assume that the boulders on the valley floor, on either side of the Alabama Hills, originally came from Mount Whitney and the Sierra Nevadas.
www.cco.caltech.edu /~meltzner/owens   (1687 words)

 Why Owens Lake is Red (DesertUSA)
Owens Lake is a playa or intermittent dry lake bed that may contain standing water during wet years.
Owens Lake had been gradually drying up for thousands of years, and was already saline when the Owens River was diverted to supply Los Angeles with water.
The gleaming red salt flats of Owens Lake can be quite spectacular in the early morning or late afternoon of summer, but not nearly so beautiful as the enormous blue Owens Lake that once filled this deep, sunken valley between the massive Sierra Nevada and Inyo ranges thousands of years ago.
www.desertusa.com /mag98/april/owens/owenslake.html   (3001 words)

 Owens Valley pictures - California stock photos, fine art prints by QTL
Owens Valley lies between the Sierra Nevada and the Inyo and White Mountains.
Thus, Owens Valley is one of the deepest valleys in the United States.
This causes sometimes the southern Owens Valley to be affected by alkali dust storms arising from the dry lake bed.
www.terragalleria.com /california/california.owens-valley.html   (243 words)

 California and the Indian Wars:The Owens Valley Indian War, 1861-1865
The Owens Valley Indian War of 1861 to 1863 is one of the many campaigns conducted in the West by the Second Calvary California Volunteers during the Civil War.
The Owens Valley is the westernmost of more than 150 desert basins that form the Great Basin section or the western United States, It is a narrow valley that runs northwest to southeast and is bounded by the Sierra Nevadas on the West, the White and Inyo Mountains on the East.
The Owens Valley was considered a great thoroughfare for travel to and from the Nevada mining districts of Esmeralda and Washoe, the Great Salt Lake in Utah, and Southern California.
www.militarymuseum.org /OwensValley.html   (3922 words)

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The Owens Valley, from a military standpoint, is an ideal place for the new Japanese settlement.
The approximately 60-mile reach of the Owens River was diverted to the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913 to supply water to the city.
This is a three-dimensional perspective view of Owens Valley, near the town of Bishop, California that was created by combining two spaceborne radar images using a technique known as interferometry.
www.lycos.com /info/owens-valley--inyo-county.html   (446 words)

 Owens (Dry) Lake, California
The infiltration of salt-rich dust from Owens (dry) Lake into soils around the playa likely has affected vegetation and soils, which are mostly not adapted to saline conditions because the lake held water continuously for at least the past 800,000 years and probably throughout much of the Quaternary (Smith et al., 1997).
Dust storms from the dry lake bed are a significant health hazard to residents of Owens Valley and nearby areas, and impact air quality in a large region around the lake bed.
Owens Lake is an extreme example of the potentially destabilizing effect on land surfaces and vegetation by the extraction of surface and ground water in desert regions.
geochange.er.usgs.gov /sw/impacts/geology/owens   (2935 words)

 Owens Valley, California
Upper Precambrian metamorphic rocks are indicated with Z, Tertiary continental sediments with Tc and Quaternary alluvium with Q. The valley coincides roughly with the eastern margin of continuous Sierra Nevada batholithic rocks, although scattered Jurassic plutons dot the White and Inyo Mountains and ranges to the east.
The Owens Valley is the western margin of the Basin and Range Province, and from the east front of the Sierra Nevada all the way to Utah the terrain consists of alternating horsts and grabens.
Olancha Peak is the peak on the left, with Owens Lake on the valley floor beyond.
www.uwsp.edu /geo/projects/geoweb/participants/dutch/VTrips/OwensValley.HTM   (1188 words)

 Pipeline Opponents Invoke Owens Valley - Science - RedOrbit   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Owens Valley is a powerful cautionary tale, but water authority officials say there are plenty of examples of successful groundwater transfers from one basin to another, including several projects in Nevada that date back more that a century.
James acknowledged that the chances of another Owens Valley are blunted somewhat by Nevada water law and the state and federal environmental regulations enacted during the latter half of the 20th century.
In the end, Mulroy said, invoking Owens Valley is an easy way for pipeline opponents to advance their "not one drop" agenda, but that won't solve anything.
www.redorbit.com /news/science/657745/pipeline_opponents_invoke_owens_valley/index.html?source=r_science   (1308 words)

 Owens Valley Land Grab
The Owens Valley, in Inyo County, stretches about 100 miles, bounded by the Sierra Nevadas and the Inyo Range; it is approximately 250 miles from Los Angeles.
The Owens River, its flow unchecked, made the lowlands of the valley swamps in flood season, but as there were no dams, or money for irrigation projects, much of the valley didn't have enough water.
Thus the residents of Owens Valley, who had expected to be the beneficiaries of a federal irrigation project, found themselves out of luck, and water, as construction began on the great Los Angeles aqueduct.
www.usc.edu /libraries/archives/la/scandals/owens.html   (737 words)

 Owens Valley, Mojave Desert
Sand dune OHV area at southern end of Owens dry lake.
Owens Lake port for bullion from Cerro Gordo.
Flora near dry falls at southern end of Owens Valley.
digital-desert.com /owens-valley   (171 words)

 The Owens Valley
Gary Libecap, an economic historian at the University of Arizona, studied the Los Angeles Water Board purchases of land and water in Owens Valley, California, between 1905 and 1935.
Owens Valley farming changed from crops to livestock, but the value of agricultural production did not fall much between 1910 and 1930.
Looking back on the Los Angeles/Owens Valley trades, we should not be surprised at the difficulty the two parties had in agreeing on the value of the lands and the water they contained.
www.perc.org /perc.php?id=552   (553 words)

 PBS - THE WEST - William Mulholland
They began to look longingly at the Owens River, more than 200 miles away, but the residents of Owens Valley had plans for that water as well.
But while the city had enough water, the San Fernando Valley did not, so Mulholland began to squeeze every drop possible from the Owens River, draining the farms of the Owens Valley to make the lands owned by his financial backers bloom.
What was quickly dubbed "the Owens Valley War" reached its climax on November 16, 1924, when seventy armed Valley men seized control of a critical aqueduct gate and completely shut off the flow of the river.
www.pbs.org /weta/thewest/people/i_r/mulholland.htm   (1406 words)

 A Land Between: Owens Valley, California
Owens Valley was selected because of its long history of struggles between natural elements, particularly water, and cultural needs and expectations.
The Owens River supplies 75% of the municipal water for the city of Los Angeles and most narratives (films, oral histories, and books) center on the story of water extraction by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
For example, Native Americans have lived in the valley for thousands of years; it was the site of a Japanese American war relocation center; the mountains that edge the valley are home to the ancient bristlecone pines, oldest living trees in the world; and countless motion pictures have been shot in the valley.
www.asla.org /meetings/awards/awds02/owens_valley_ca.html   (647 words)

 Owens Valley residents battle Los Angeles over water rights - The Boston Globe   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The standoff at Pine Creek is only one of many disputes between Owens Valley residents and Los Angeles, which has been importing Eastern Sierra snowmelt water since 1913, turning much of the valley into desert scrubland in the process.
Owens Valley residents and the Department of Water and Power long have been at odds over the effect of the city's water use on the valley -- and what can or should be done to deal with the problems that result.
But there is a certain urgency to the squabbles now, with the election of Antonio Villaraigosa as the new mayor of Los Angeles and his appointment of environmentalist Mary Nichols to head the Board of Water and Power Commissioners.
www.boston.com /news/nation/articles/2006/02/05/owens_valley_residents_battle_los_angeles_over_water_rights   (940 words)

 Q & A - Owens Valley Particulate Matter Plan | Region 9: Air | US EPA
Owens Lake emits about 300,000 tons of PM-10 per year: 30 tons of this is arsenic and 9 tons is cadmium.
Owens Lake is the largest single source of PM-10 pollution in the United States.
The Owens Valley PM-10 problem is atypical since the problem is not based on traditional industrial emissions.
www.epa.gov /docs/region09/air/owens/qa.html   (1369 words)

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