https://www.waternewsnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/water-news-network.png 0 0 Noah Harrel https://www.waternewsnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/water-news-network.png Noah Harrel2023-02-21 10:12:022023-02-21 12:12:38L.A.’s New Water War: Keeping Supply From Mono Lake Flowing as Critics Want It Cut Off
L.A.’s New Water War: Keeping Supply From Mono Lake Flowing as Critics Want It Cut Off
With its haunting rock spires and salt-crusted shores, Mono Lake is a Hollywood vision of the apocalypse. To the city of Los Angeles, however, this Eastern Sierra basin represents the very source of L.A.’s prosperity — the right to free water.
For decades, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has relied on long-standing water rights to divert from the streams that feed this ancient lake as part of the city’s far-flung water empire. But in the face of global warming, drought and lawsuits from environmentalists, the DWP is now facing the previously unthinkable prospect of ending its diversions there.