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Environmental History #03: Vision or Villainy: Origins of the Owens Valley-Los Angeles Water Controversy

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Seventy-five years ago the growing city of Los Angeles, amid considerable conflict, appropriated water from a rural area 250 miles away. Still unresolved, the controversy surrounding the Owens Valley-Los Angeles Aqueduct has long since moved from the personal, even violent level fictionalized in the movie Chinatown to the dry realm of court proceedings, injunctions, and environmental impact reports. But water remains a problem in California, and the questions raised by these eventsand#151;the rights of a rural area versus a growing metropolitan area, environmental issues, and levels of government responsibilityand#151;are of recognized national importance today.

Much of the history of the controversy has been incompletely or imperfectly reported. Conventional accounts have focused on city versus valley, overlooking the role of the federal government. Others espouse the "conspiracy" theory popularized in Chinatown, dealing in plots and personalities. Relying on primary sources, many unused until now, Dr. Hoffman demonstrates how the utilitarian views of Theodore Roosevelt and his agents in the Geological Survey, the Reclamation Service, and the Bureau of Forestry helped determine the future of Los Angeles and the fate of Owens Valley. A model of historical reporting, this book redresses the balance in a record that too often has been oversimplified, usually at the expense of the city and often in terms of heroes and villains.

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ISBN:
9780890965092
Author:
Hoffman, Abraham
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Subject:
California
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Los angeles (calif.)
Subject:
Water-supply
Subject:
Water resources development
Subject:
Environmental - Water Supply
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Environmental Engineering-Water Supply
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Environmental History Series
Series Volume:
03
Publication Date:
19920431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 bandw photos.
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.28 lb

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